Tar Sands Oil Development Could Claim More Than 160 Million Boreal Birds

by Larry Jordan on December 13, 2008

New Science-Based Report Outlines Devastating Impact for Birds in U.S. and Canada

CHICAGO (December 2, 2008) – Extraction and refining of heavy oil from Canada’s tar sands is taking a significant toll on migratory birds throughout North America, according to a report released today. DANGER IN THE NURSERY: Impact on Birds of Tar Sands Oil Development in Canada’s Boreal Forest is a new peer-reviewed policy and science document outlining the current and projected impacts the tar sands oil industry is having on migratory bird populations in the Boreal forest of Alberta and along the hemisphere’s flyways.  Watch this interview with Dr. Jeff Wells on the Boreal Forest and the impact of the tar sands development on the forest and wildlife habitat in Alberta, Canada.

The report is available online at http://www.borealbirds.org/birdstarsands.shtml and you can get the fact sheet on the Tar Sands here http://www.borealbirds.org/resources/factsheet-ibcc-tarsands.pdf .  There is also a fact sheet on the Boreal Forests here http://www.borealbirds.org/resources/factsheet-bsi-overview.pdf

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