Community-based conservation and stewardship is a key
goal of the Canadian IBA Program. To help achieve this,
we continue to develop conservation plans in partnership
with local stakeholders for priority Important Bird
Areas. These stakeholders include landowners,
naturalists, hunters, government agencies and
municipalities, aboriginal groups, and scientists.
Together, we have developed straightforward conservation
plans that stimulate local priority conservation actions
at IBA sites.
Why are Conservation Plans Important?
These plans provide valuable roadmaps for achieving
conservation successes at Important Bird Areas. In many
cases they have also stimulated the formation of local
IBA conservation groups who are working to deliver the
priority actions spelled out in the plans.
For example, the Eastern Cape Sable Island Local IBA
Committee is using ideas set out in the conservation
plan to deliver educational programs to children and
adults who live in or near the IBA. This IBA, the
southernmost accessible point of Nova Scotia, is largely
unprotected and is home to extensive shorelines used by
many breeding and migrating birds, including endangered
Piping Plovers. Building community awareness of the
birds and habitats of the IBA is an essential element of
protecting this vulnerable site.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Prince Edward Island
Photo: © Larry Kirtley
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On the lookout!
Piping Plover and young
Photo: © Brendan Toews