SOURCE: Canadian Wildlife Federation

Canadian Wildlife Federation

April 11, 2016 13:01 ET

CWF April 12th "B.I.R.D." Initiative Receives Support of BOMA

OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - April 11, 2016) - The Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) is celebrating National Wildlife Week April 10 - 16 by 'Giving Wings to Wildlife Conservation' and encouraging action for the protection of winged species through participation in an April 12th Bird Impact Reduction Day (B.I.R.D.) initiative.

The B.I.R.D. initiative, coordinated in partnership with FLAP Canada, encourages both Canadian property managers and residential home owners to take part in a day of action. Office tower and large building property managers are being encouraged to "go dark" during the evening of April 12th, while residential homeowners are being asked to take steps to make their properties safer for birds. The B.I.R.D. initiative is being supported by the Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada (BOMA), an organization already active in the conservation and protection of Canadian bird species.

Benjamin Shinewald, CEO of the Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada, stated, "We're thrilled that the vast majority of our members turn off their lights overnight to minimize the chances of bird collisions." Shinewald added, "Moreover, Canada's leading environmental certification program for the built environment, BOMA BEST®, also rewards building owners and managers who minimize night time light pollution, ensuring that every night is a bird-safe night."

The day of action is just one of the many events being planned by CWF during National Wildlife Week designed to raise awareness of issues facing Canadian winged species.

"Many winged species are at risk due to threats including habitat loss, impacts from pesticides and climate change," said Rick Bates, Executive Director of CWF. "National Wildlife Week is a great opportunity for Canadians to learn more about the issues and step up to reduce the threats. We truly appreciate the efforts of groups like FLAP Canada and BOMA in supporting our efforts." 

About the Canadian Wildlife Federation:
The Canadian Wildlife Federation is dedicated to fostering awareness and appreciation of our natural world. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the environment, sponsoring research, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, recommending legislative changes and co-operating with like-minded partners, CWF encourages a future in which Canadians can live in harmony with nature. Visit CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca for more information.

About National Wildlife Week:
National Wildlife Week was established in 1947 to commemorate the achievements and contributions of Jack Miner, a conservationist often called the "father of North American conservationism." "Wild Goose Jack," as he was often referred, was one of the first conservationists to determine the migratory paths of North American birds. Visit NationalWildlifeWeek.org for more information.

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Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    David DeRocco
    Senior Manager, Marketing and Events
    1-877-599-5777 Ext 279
    davidd@cwf-fcf.org