Man­i­toba a bird­ing jewel

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - GREEN PAGE -

THE bo­real for­est stretches across north­ern Canada, with 12 sep­a­rate nurs­eries that sci­en­tists have iden­ti­fied as crit­i­cal to the con­ti­nent’s birds. Song­birds, rap­tors, ducks, geese — just about ev­ery kind of bird from here to South Amer­ica is found on this list. Man­i­toba is home to two of the 12 nurs­eries and part of a third. Jeff Wells, sci­ence/pol­icy di­rec­tor for the Bo­real Song­bird Ini­tia­tive, de­scribes it like this: “Man­i­toba is kind of a jewel in the bird­ing world. It’s got such an in­cred­i­ble range of habi­tat, stretch­ing from the north, the Hud­son Bay coast­line and Churchill be­ing such a fa­mous place for bird­ing. Its north­ern forests. Its lakes. And the grass­lands. It’s such an in­cred­i­ble area of birds. It’s spe­cial among Cana­dian prov­inces. People in Man­i­toba may not re­al­ize how spe­cial it is for birds. So many of the bird pass­ing through the United States right now are go­ing be headed to or pass­ing through Man­i­toba to breed.”

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