New Report: Climate Change Impacting Birding

Press Release: “Birds in a Changing Climate” highlights 31 species of Greenbelt birds that are climate threatened or endangered and actions to mitigate these impacts

Oct 30, 2018   •   News , Climate Resilience


October 30, 2018


Birds in a Changing Climate” highlights 31 species of Greenbelt birds that are climate threatened or endangered and actions to mitigate these impacts

The Greenbelt Foundation has partnered with Ontario Nature for an in-depth look at how a changing climate impacts bird populations in the Greenbelt. Birding is one of many day-to-day activities enjoyed by Ontarians in and around the Greenbelt that is being impacted by climate change. Birds in a Changing Climate identifies birds that are climate threatened and climate endangered, and identifies action that helps birds to thrive.

The report is the second in the In a Changing Climate series, which explores how everything from health to hockey is impacted by climate change in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, in partnership with experts from a range of organizations. Along with identifying these impacts, the series highlights the role of the Greenbelt in mitigating climate impacts and the important ways we can individually and collectively respond to these challenges.

The report identifies 31 species of birds in the Greenbelt that are already at risk, and will become increasingly vulnerable to habitat loss and climate change. Impacted species include distinctive songbirds like the Bobolink and the Eastern Whip-poor-will.

“Conservation of the habitats that support the movement of these bird species across the landscape is essential to ensuring the impacts of climate change on bird populations are minimized,” said Dr Anne Bell, Ontario Nature’s Director of Conservation and Education. “Birders can be a part of the solution by supporting bird-friendly conservation policies like the Greenbelt.”

“Birding is a significant activity in the Greenbelt, enjoyed by over 1 million residents every year and providing $236 million in economic value to Ontarians,” says Edward McDonnell, CEO of the Greenbelt Foundation. “Birds In a Changing Climate makes clear that protecting and enhancing bird habitats in the Greenbelt is essential to mitigating the impacts of climate change on bird populations and birders.”

Birds In a Changing Climate is available at, along with other resources including a shareable two-page summary.


About the Greenbelt:

Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for fresh air, clean water, healthy local food, active outdoor recreation, and a thriving economy. At nearly 2 million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt, keeping our farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and sustainable. The Greenbelt Foundation works to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, protect natural features, and promote sustainable growth. Learn more at:

About Ontario Nature:

Ontario Nature protects wild species and wild spaces through conservation, education and public engagement. Ontario Nature is a charitable organization representing more than 30,000 members and supporters, and 150 member groups across Ontario. Learn more at:


Erica Woods

Communications Manager

The Greenbelt Foundation

416-960-0001 ext. 306