Cattle producers at centre of migratory bird habitat conservation

As the world looks for ways to protect grassland birds and other threatened migratory bird populations, cattle producers across Canada have emerged as an important part of the solution. International Migratory Bird Day is May 14, 2011.

Migratory bird populations have dropped sharply worldwide, with many grassland bird species high on the list of priorities for conservation action. Beef farmers and ranchers own or manage approximately 21 million hectares of grass pastures in Canada that are also prime habitat for these birds.