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March 16, 2015 | Edmonton Journal | Published News | MARTY KLINKENBERG

A coalition of birding and nature groups is launching a campaign to press governments to protect at least half of North America’s boreal forest from development. This is critical nesting habitat for billions of birds, including the whooping crane, pictured here.

J. McKinnon and Parks Canada

EDMONTON - Top birding and nature organizations in Canada and the United States are pressing government for increased protection of boreal forests, including portions of northern Alberta.

The coalition, which includes the Audubon Society and Ducks Unlimited, is launching a campaign Monday that seeks to have at least half of North America’s boreal forest set aside from development to protect billions of birds that rely on the habitat for breeding purposes.

The Boreal Birds Need Half initiative is...

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