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Swallow conservation in rural landscapes

June 4, 2019  By Nature Canada

Nature Canada is currently leading a project investigating swallow populations along the Southern Great Lakes.

In the last 40 years, populations of aerial insectivores (birds that feed on flying insects, including swallows) have experienced the steepest decline of any group of birds in Canada.

Research has shown that there are multiple factors contributing to this decline, including habitat loss, increase in predator populations, climate change, and brood parasitism (among others). As part of this project, we are particularly interested in learning more about populations of certain aerial insectivores on rural landscapes along Lake Ontario & Lake Erie.


Farmers and other rural residents have reported seeing fewer and fewer bird species on their properties in recent years. As such, the purpose of this survey is to gain a better understanding of overall attitudes towards avian species in rural landscapes and to learn about potential practices farmers and other rural residents may already employ that support at-risk bird habitat. | For more information, CLICK HERE

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