Jul 25, 2018
By Michael Kramer
A conservation area in eastern Ontario is being expanded to help protect an endangered songbird – which is rarer than the panda.
The non-profit Nature Conservancy of Canada has bought 31 hectares of key Eastern Loggerhead Shrike habitat – north of Napanee.
Last year, biologists saw five young shrikes fledging from their nest on the property – which is part of the longest-occupied Eastern Loggerhead Shrike nesting area – in the Napanee Plain.
The NCC says the Shrike is one of the fastest-declining bird species in North America and is an example of an “area-sensitive species.”
The rare bird requires large areas of open terrain before it is comfortable enough to nest – and there are few protected nesting areas remaining.
It’s believed there are less than 30 breeding pairs remaining in the wild – in all of North America.