Photograph of a Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl (photo: Gordon Court)
This report was prepared on behalf of the North American Bird Conservation Initiative Canada (NABCI Canada) by a steering committee that included members from Environment Canada (EC), Bird Studies Canada (BSC), Nature Canada (NC), the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) and Wildlife Habitat Canada (WHC).

Steering committee: Charles M. Francis (EC, Chair), Peter Blancher (EC), Joel Bonin (NCC), Ted Cheskey (NC), Andrew Couturier (BSC), Ian Davidson (NC), Constance Downes (EC), George Finney (BSC) , Dave Howerter (DUC), Judith Kennedy (EC), Denis Lepage (BSC), Julie Suzanne Pollock (EC), Courtney Price (EC), Barbara Robinson (BSC), Adam C. Smith (EC), Chris Sutton (NC) and Len Ugarenko (WHC)

Communications: Jane Gilbert, Julie Suzanne Pollock, Courtney Price, Barbara Robinson, Chris Sutton, Max Valence

Statistical analysis: Adam C. Smith, Peter Blancher

Maps: Andrew Couturier, Sandra Marquez, Eva Jenkins, Adam C. Smith

Editors: Adam C. Smith, Charles M. Francis

Layout and design: Denise Séguin

Website: Denis Lepage, Catherine Jardine

We thank the numerous individuals within all of the NABCI Canada partner organizations who contributed text or reviewed various drafts of the report. Special thanks to the following individuals who worked with the steering committee to prepare initial drafts for various sections of the report: David Bird, Mike Cadman, Brenda Dale, Erica Dunn, Christian Friis, Tony Gaston, Vicky Johnston, Craig Machtans, Nancy Mahoney, Jon McCracken and Becky Whittam.

We are particularly grateful to all of the photographers and organizations, as individually credited on each photograph, who generously donated their images for use in this report.

This report would not have been possible without the dedication and skill of the thousands of volunteer observers who are the backbone of many monitoring programs, such as the North American Breeding Bird Survey, shorebird migration surveys, and the Christmas Bird Count. Similarly indispensable were the many professional biologists and technicians from across Canada and internationally who designed and helped to conduct and report on all the diverse programs monitoring Canada's birds.

This report was published by Environment Canada on behalf of NABCI Canada.

Suggested Citation: North American Bird Conservation Initiative Canada. 2012. The State of Canada's Birds, 2012. Environment Canada, Ottawa, Canada. 36 pages.

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NABCI Canada

The North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) was launched in 1999 in Canada, the United States and Mexico, to coordinate bird conservation throughout the continent. NABCI's vision is that populations and habitats of North America's birds are protected, restored and enhanced through coordinated efforts at international, national, regional and local levels, guided by sound science and effective management.

NABCI is designed to increase the effectiveness of existing and new programs, foster greater international cooperation and enhance coordination within countries, among governments, environmental non-government organizations (ENGOs) and private sector organizations. NABCI functions both through in-country implementation and by tri-national cooperation to deliver comprehensive bird conservation in North America.

NABCI Canada's goal is to deliver the full spectrum of bird conservation in Canada, through regionally-based, biologically-driven, landscape-oriented partnerships. The NABCI Canada Council membership is comprised of federal, territorial and provincial governments, ENGOs (Bird Studies Canada, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Nature Canada, Nature Conservancy Canada and Wildlife Habitat Canada), private sector organizations (Canadian Cattlemen's Association, Canadian Electricity Association, Forest Products Association of Canada and Mining Association of Canada), representatives from Canada's Habitat Joint Ventures (Eastern, Prairie, Canadian Intermountain and Pacific Coast) and Canada's four bird initiatives (Canadian Shorebird Conservation Plan, Partners in Flight, North American Waterfowl Management Plan and Wings Over Water).

Logos of the State of Canada's Birds Report partners: Environment Canada, Government of Canada, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Government of Nova Scotia, Government of Quebec, Government of Prince Edward Island, Government of New Brunswick, Government of Ontario, Government of Manitoba, Government of Saskatchewan, Government of British Columbia, Government of the Northwest Territories, Government of Alberta, Government of Yukon, Government of Nunavut, Nature Canada, Canadian Electricity Association, Nature Conservancy Canada, Bird Studies Canada, Wings over Water, Canadian Cattlemen's Association, Canadian Intermountain Joint Venture, Canadian Shorebird Conservation Plan, Partners in Flight, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Prairie Habitat Joint Venture, Wildlife Habitat Canada, North American Waterfowl Management Plan, Pacific Coast Joint Venture, Forest Products Association of Canada, Eastern Habitat Joint Venture, The Mining Association of Canada