Waterbirds

Wings Over Water (WOW), Canada’s Waterbird Conservation Plan,¬† outlines the steps needed to conserve species of seabirds, inland colonial waterbirds, marshbirds and other water-related species.

More studies need to be conducted to determine the population status of waterbird species, especially those that are difficult to detect or nest in remote areas. Biologists continue to work on improving knowledge on waterbirds, especially seabirds taken incidentally in Canadian coastal and offshore waters due to a variety of activities (e.g. fisheries, transport, oil and gas, etc.).

Under the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the Arctic Migratory Bird Initiative is an international project designed to protect Arctic lifestyles and peoples by conserving migratory birds, primarily shorebirds and seabirds, in the Arctic.

At the hemispheric scale, the Waterbird Conservation for the Americas is a broad-based partnership dedicated to conserving waterbirds and their habitat by empowering partners and facilitating conservation through communication and coordination. Read the North American Waterbird Conservation Plan for more information.

To access species assessment information, go to the expanded Avian Conservation Assessment Database. With the support of the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, Partners in Flight recently expanded its Species Assessment tool to encompass all birds of North America.