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King Township is officially ‘bird friendly’

March 22, 2023   ·   0 Comments

Nature Canada is proud to announce that King Township has been certified as a “Bird Friendly City, the 19th city in the country to receive such an honour.
The Bird Friendly City designation has been developed by Nature Canada to encourage Canadians and municipalities to become safe havens for birds. The Township of King joins many other nearby communities in protecting pollinators, including Bird Friendly Design strategies in their Green Infrastructure Plan and more.
The Environment King Team also delivers a variety of citizen science and educational programming, terrestrial invasive species monitoring, and native seed saving libraries.
“The Township of King is honoured to receive a Bird Friendly City Certificate through Nature Canada’s certification program. Certification is earned by creating and maintaining an environment where birds can thrive. King has done this through a variety of sustainable practices that include developing pollinator gardens to promote healthy bird habitats and promoting birding opportunities at Cold Creek Conservation Area, as well as partnering with the Dufferin Marsh, a migratory bird stop-over site. We thank Nature Canada for recognizing that King is a place where birds can be seen and enjoyed, and where there is a commitment to birds thriving in the future in this community,” said Mayor Steve Pellegrini.
“This certification by Nature Canada is a great achievement for King Township (King). It will provide opportunities for bird awareness, as well as habitat preservation and enhancement within King. We will strive to promote, protect, and improve bird habitat and make our community more friendly for all wildlife,” noted Steve Roesch, Coordinator – Sustainability & Environment, Community Services, Township of King.
Birds play an essential role in maintaining healthy and resilient ecosystems in our communities and on our planet. But there are three billion fewer birds in North America today than 50 years ago. Much of these losses are caused by human activities.
Nature Canada’s Bird Friendly City program encourages communities to take action to:
Reduce the number of human-related threats to birds such as roaming cats, the use of pesticides, and glass treatment on buildings with large windows.
Create safe environments for birds by promoting stewardship and ensuring that natural habitats are protected and restored
Engage and educate citizens about the benefits of Bird Friendly Cities and celebrating birds in our communities.
As one of Canada’s preeminent conservation charities, Nature Canada is pleased to acknowledge the support of Environment and Climate Change Canada for the Bird Friendly City program and World Migratory Bird Day.
Nature Canada is Canada’s voice for nature. For 80 years, Nature Canada has helped protect over 110 million acres of parks and wildlife areas in Canada and countless species. Today, Nature Canada represents a network of over 130,000 members and supporters and more than 1,000 nature organizations.



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