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Danger in the Nursery: Impact on birds of tar sands oil development in Canada’s boreal forest

December 2008   |   Fact Sheet
Boreal Songbird Initiative, NRDC, and the Pembina Institute

It might seem odd to find out that your birds and your oil come from the same place, but for many people this is true. Canada's tar sands, an enormous open-pit oil extraction operation located in Alberta, serves as one of the largest sources of oil for the US. But it also is located in a vital area for migratory birds, who have seen decreasing numbers. This backgrounder outlines how exactly tar sands development leads to loss of birds, estimated in the millions.

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