Importance of Canada's 
Boreal Forest to Landbirds


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The boreal forest stretches across a vast northern expanse of North America, from Alaska in the west to Newfoundland & Labrador in the east, with most of the forest in Canada. This forest is of immense global importance to landbirds, especially during the spring and summer when billions of landbirds rely on boreal nesting grounds. This report outlines broad patterns in landbird population sizes, trends and links to wintering grounds to illustrate just how important Canada’s portion of the boreal forest is, not just within the boreal itself, but also across North America, the Western Hemisphere and globally.

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