Burlington is certified as a Bird Friendly City!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Unceded Algonquin Territory – Ottawa, ON, April 7, 2022 – Nature Canada is proud to announce Canada’s next certified Bird Friendly City, Burlington, ON. Burlington is the seventh city in Canada to earn the designation.

The City of Burlington has worked in collaboration with Nature Canada’s partners including Bird Friendly Hamilton Burlington, which is composed of many community organizations and residents of Burlington working to make the city a safe haven for wild birds.

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward: 

“The City has done a lot to make our local airspace friendly to our feathered friends, including committing to grow our tree canopy, establishing a firm urban boundary to conserve Burlington’s Natural Heritage System and prevent urban sprawl, and implementing bird-friendly design guidelines in our Official Plan and Sustainable Building and Development Guidelines, just to name a few. This is great news for our city and I commend the fantastic work by Bird Friendly Hamilton Burlington in getting this recognition for our community.”

The city has implemented bird friendly policies and actions to help birds thrive in Burlington. These actions include: 

  • Protecting natural habitat through the exemplary Cootes to Escarpment Eco-Park System, a multi-partner initiative to conserve, restore, grow and connect natural spaces on public and private lands in the west end of Burlington (and Hamilton);
  • A strong commitment to climate change mitigation and adaptation, including nature-based solutions which also benefit birds;
  • Establishing an Animal Control By-law that includes a “no-roam” policy for cats, to help reduce the large problem of cat predation on wild bird populations across North America.
  • Abundant opportunities to view, learn about, and appreciate wild birds around the city and get involved in activities and citizen science initiatives for bird conservation.

The Bird Friendly City designation has been developed by Nature Canada to encourage Canadian cities and municipalities to become safer and better places for birds. 

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. As urban expansion continues, cities must act quickly to ensure that North America’s bird populations are protected and supported. 

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.

In each municipality seeking to become Bird Friendly certified, Bird Teams are created and residents are actively engaged in protecting, monitoring and celebrating their local bird populations. 

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.

Quotes: 

“Burlington is known for its natural areas. It is one of the most biodiverse communities in Canada, located within the Atlantic Flyway migration corridor and also along the eastern edge of the Mississippi Flyway corridor. Residents, organizations, schools, businesses, and government have taken many actions and initiatives that make Burlington a Bird Friendly City. The Bird Friendly certification is a true testament to the work being done that makes Burlington safer for migratory birds and to reverse their population decline. Birds are an essential part of our ecosystem, and this recognition complements our efforts to become a more environmentally sustainable community.”

– Paul Sharman, Councillor, Ward 5 Burlington and Region of Halton

Additional Resources:

Hamilton is certified as a Bird Friendly City!

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Unceded Algonquin Territory – Ottawa, ON, X, 2022 – Nature Canada is proud to announce Canada’s next certified Bird Friendly City, Hamilton, ON. Hamilton is the sixth city in Canada to earn the designation.

The City of Hamilton has worked in collaboration with Nature Canada’s partners including Bird Friendly Hamilton Burlington, which is comprised of many community organizations and residents of Hamilton. The group works to make the city a safe haven for wild birds. 

Nrinder Nann, City Councillor – Ward 3 Hamilton:
“Hamilton becoming certified as a Bird Friendly City certified by Nature Canada is truly great. Our local birds and those that migrate here are part of our eco-diversity that also brings much delight and pride to our residents. This initiative enables us to be responsible and responsive to continuing to foster an environment in our city that cares for all species. Congrats to the Bird Friendly Hamilton Burlington team for their dedicated hard work.”

The city has implemented bird friendly policies and actions to help birds thrive in Hamilton. These actions include: 

  • Establishing a “no-roam” by-law for cats to reduce the impact of cat predation on wild bird populations,
  • Protecting natural lands and greenspaces, and implementing nature-based climate solutions such as tree planting and wetland restorations,
  • Conserving bird populations in Hamilton by engaging residents to participate in community science initiatives for children, youth and adults.

The Bird Friendly City designation has been developed by Nature Canada to encourage Canadian cities and municipalities to become safer and better places for birds. 

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. As urban expansion continues, cities must act quickly to ensure that North America’s bird populations are protected and supported. 

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.

In each municipality seeking to become Bird Friendly certified, Bird Teams are created and residents are actively engaged in protecting, monitoring and celebrating their local bird populations. 

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.

Quotes: 
Sandy Shaw, MPP – Official Opposition Environment Critic
“I am excited to learn that the City of Hamilton has been certified a Bird Friendly City by Nature Canada. Hamiltonians are proud of our wonderful green spaces and our local birds are a source of pride and much joy. The Bird Friendly City initiative helps us to take action and to celebrate local work that will make urban environments safer for all birds. Congratulations to the incredibly hard-working and dedicated team at Bird Friendly Hamilton Burlington.”

Honourable Filomena Tassi, MP – Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas
“I am thrilled that Nature Canada has certified that Hamilton is a Bird Friendly City! Hamiltonians can take pride in working to ensure our urban environments are safe havens for birds. Community team members of the bird-friendly-city initiative are working hard to make Hamilton a better place for bird watching, nature walks and other experiences of the sights and sounds of nature. Bird-friendly city certification is an example of the work our government is doing to conserve 25 percent of land, inland waters and oceans in Canada by 2025 with a goal of 30 percent of each by 2030.” 

Dan Muys, MP – Flamborough-Glanbrook
“There’s nothing that lifts the spirits more on a spring day than the chorus of birds singing so beautifully. At our home, we also enjoy a winter bird feeder. The Hamilton area is blessed with some of the most incredible bird habitats in the world — Cootes Paradise, the RBG natural spaces, the Niagara Escarpment and many conservation areas. It all feeds our souls. I’m pleased to see Hamilton will join the league of Bird Friendly Cities. Thank you and congratulations to the dedicated community volunteers who made it happen.”

Additional Resources:
Bird Friendly City Certification Program  

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Hamilton obtient la désignation ” Ville amie des oiseaux ” de Nature Canada

Territoire algonquin non cédé – Ottawa, ON, Avril 1, 2022 – Nature Canada est fière d’annoncer la prochaine ville certifiée ” Ville amie des oiseaux ” du Canada, Hamilton, ON. Hamilton est la sixième ville au Canada à obtenir cette désignation.

La Ville de Hamilton a travaillé en collaboration avec les partenaires de Nature Canada, dont Bird Friendly Hamilton Burlington, qui est composé de nombreux organismes communautaires et de résidents de Hamilton. Le groupe s’efforce de faire de la ville un refuge sûr pour les oiseaux sauvages. 

Nrinder Nann, Conseiller municipal – Quartier 3 Hamilton :
“Le fait que Hamilton soit certifiée Ville amie des oiseaux par Nature Canada est vraiment formidable. Nos oiseaux locaux et ceux qui migrent ici font partie de notre écodiversité qui fait aussi le bonheur et la fierté de nos résidents. Cette initiative nous permet d’être responsables et réactifs pour continuer à favoriser un environnement dans notre ville qui prend soin de toutes les espèces. Félicitations à l’équipe de Bird Friendly Hamilton Burlington pour son travail acharné et dévoué”.

La ville a mis en œuvre des politiques et des actions favorables aux oiseaux afin de les aider à prospérer à Hamilton. Ces actions comprennent : 

L’établissement d’un règlement ” no-roam ” pour les chats afin de réduire l’impact de la prédation des chats sur les populations d’oiseaux sauvages,

Protéger les terres naturelles et les espaces verts, et mettre en œuvre des solutions climatiques basées sur la nature, comme la plantation d’arbres et la restauration des zones humides,

Conserver les populations d’oiseaux à Hamilton en incitant les résidents à participer à des initiatives scientifiques communautaires pour les enfants, les jeunes et les adultes.

La désignation Ville amie des oiseaux a été élaborée par Nature Canada pour encourager les villes et les municipalités canadiennes à devenir des lieux plus sûrs et meilleurs pour les oiseaux. 

Les oiseaux jouent un rôle essentiel dans le maintien d’écosystèmes sains et résilients dans nos communautés et sur notre planète. Mais il y a aujourd’hui trois milliards d’oiseaux de moins en Amérique du Nord qu’il y a 50 ans. Une grande partie de ces pertes est causée par les activités humaines. Alors que l’expansion urbaine se poursuit, les villes doivent agir rapidement pour s’assurer que les populations d’oiseaux d’Amérique du Nord sont protégées et soutenues. 

Le programme Ville amie des oiseaux de Nature Canada encourage les collectivités à prendre des mesures pour :

Réduire le nombre de menaces liées à l’activité humaine pour les oiseaux, comme les chats errants, l’utilisation de pesticides et le traitement des vitres des bâtiments dotés de grandes fenêtres,

Créer des environnements sûrs pour les oiseaux en favorisant l’intendance et en veillant à ce que les habitats naturels soient protégés et restaurés,

Engager et éduquer les citoyens sur les avantages des villes amies des oiseaux et célébrer les oiseaux dans nos communautés.

Dans chaque municipalité qui cherche à obtenir la certification ” Villes amies des oiseaux “, des équipes ” oiseaux ” sont créées et les résidents sont activement engagés dans la protection, la surveillance et la célébration des populations d’oiseaux locales. 

Nature Canada est heureux de reconnaître le soutien d’Environnement et Changement climatique Canada au programme Villes amies des oiseaux et à la Journée mondiale des oiseaux migrateurs.

Citations : 
Sandy Shaw, MPP – Porte-parole de l’opposition officielle en matière d’environnement
” Je suis ravi d’apprendre que la Ville de Hamilton a été certifiée Ville amie des oiseaux par Nature Canada. Les Hamiltoniens sont fiers de nos merveilleux espaces verts et nos oiseaux locaux sont une source de fierté et de joie. L’initiative Ville amie des oiseaux nous aide à prendre des mesures et à célébrer le travail local qui rendra les environnements urbains plus sûrs pour tous les oiseaux. Félicitations à l’équipe incroyablement travailleuse et dévouée de Bird Friendly Hamilton Burlington”.

L’honorable Filomena Tassi, députée – Hamilton Ouest-Ancaster-Dundas
“Je suis ravie que Nature Canada ait certifié que Hamilton est une ville amie des oiseaux ! Les habitants de Hamilton peuvent être fiers de travailler pour que nos environnements urbains soient des havres de paix pour les oiseaux. Les membres de l’équipe communautaire de l’initiative Ville amie des oiseaux travaillent d’arrache-pied pour faire de Hamilton un meilleur endroit pour l’observation des oiseaux, les promenades dans la nature et d’autres expériences des images et des sons de la nature. La certification de ville amie des oiseaux est un exemple du travail que fait notre gouvernement pour conserver 25 pour cent des terres, des eaux intérieures et des océans du Canada d’ici 2025, avec un objectif de 30 pour cent de chacun de ces éléments d’ici 2030. ” 

Dan Muys, député – Flamborough-Glanbrook
“Il n’y a rien qui remonte plus le moral par une journée de printemps que le chœur des oiseaux qui chantent si bien. Chez nous, nous avons aussi une mangeoire pour les oiseaux en hiver. La région de Hamilton a la chance de posséder certains des habitats d’oiseaux les plus incroyables au monde : Cootes Paradise, les espaces naturels de la RBG, l’escarpement du Niagara et de nombreuses zones de conservation. Tout cela nourrit nos âmes. Je suis heureux de constater que Hamilton va rejoindre la ligue des villes amies des oiseaux. Merci et félicitations aux bénévoles dévoués de la communauté qui ont rendu ce projet possible.”

Ressources supplémentaires :
Programme de certification Ville amie des oiseaux

Two New City Birds!

Peregrine Falcon – Hamilton’s New City Bird!
Trumpeter Swan – Burlington’s New City Bird!

Hamilton and Burlington residents have spoken! Your Bird Friendly Hamilton Burlington team is delighted to announce that the PEREGRINE FALCON has been elected as the City Bird for Hamilton. The TRUMPETER SWAN has been elected as the City Bird for Burlington.

The runner-ups were Northern Cardinal and Red-tailed Hawk for Hamilton and Northern Cardinal and Black-capped Chickadee for Burlington.

Your Bird Friendly Hamilton Burlington team would like to thank all of the people, organizations and businesses who participated in this community project!

Petition To Help Protect Migratory Birds

An estimated 25 million birds in Canada die each year due to collisions with windows on buildings, including many migratory and Species at Risk birds. MPP Chris Glover, (Spadina-Fort York) has put forward a motion to promote bird-friendly architecture in Ontario. MPP Glover is working closely with @FLAPCanada to make this happen.

The Canadian Standards Association has established a national standard for Bird Friendly Building Design, which has been adopted by some municipalities. The CSA 2019 Bird Friendly Building Design standard must be incorporated into the Ontario Building Code.

PLEASE, SIGN THE PETITION!
https://www.chrisglovermpp.ca/protect_migratory_birds

It’s Time To Vote For Your City Bird!

Time to vote, Hamilton and Burlington! The city bird nominations have been short-listed by Bird Friendly Hamilton Burlington. Let us know who you think should be the City Bird for both Hamilton and for Burlington.

Live, work, or go to school Burlington, vote here: https://form.jotform.com/220365743352049

Live, work, or go to school in Hamilton, vote here: https://form.jotform.com/220366794458265

In the spirit of fair competition, please vote only once. Voting closes at midnight on Sunday, March 6, 2022.

The Bird Friendly Hamilton Burlington community team is working to get both Hamilton and Burlington certified as Bird Friendly Cities through Nature Canada. Selecting a “city bird” is part of the certification process.

Welcome to Bird Friendly Hamilton Burlington

NOMINATE A CITY BIRD FOR HAMILTON OR BURLINGTON NOW
at
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The Bird Friendly Hamilton Burlington team was founded in December of 2020. Bird Friendly City is a certification program developed by Nature Canada. The goal of the program is to certify cities all over Canada as bird friendly. There are three levels of certification, Entry, Intermediate and High. Last May, on World Migratory Bird Day, four Canadian cities were awarded certification, Toronto and London with High, Vancouver with Intermediate and Calgary with Entry. BFHB hopes to gain certification for both Hamilton and Burlington (the applications are separate) by World Migratory Bird Day of 2022.

Snowy Owl, Hamllton, Ontario

Certification will be something for our two cities to take pride in but it’s far from a merely symbolic designation. First of all, the application process is rigorous and we’ve been working very hard on it. Once achieved, the certification is monitored annually and may be downgraded or even removed if continued efforts aren’t made to improve bird friendly conditions in each municipality.

Canada Geese, Hamilton, Ontario