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Swallow conservation in rural landscapes


June 4, 2019
By Nature Canada

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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.

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