Jeff Wells
Dr. Jeff Wells is the senior scientist for the International Boreal Conservation Campaign. He earned his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University and has published numerous scientific and popular articles and book chapters and is the author of Boreal Birds of North America (2011) and Birder’s Conservation Handbook: 100 North American Birds at Risk (2007).

Entries by Jeff Wells

Canada's Choosing A National Bird (And It's Surprisingly Suspenseful)

(2) Comments | Posted November 11, 2016 | 8:15 AM

Snowy Owl. Photo: Bert de Tilly/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Ask any American what their national bird is and they'll be sure to tell you it's the Bald Eagle. Ask a Canadian the same question and they're likely to shift the conversation...

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Many Birds Are On The Decline, But Canada Has A Solution

(2) Comments | Posted September 20, 2016 | 1:23 PM

A new report released by the Partners In Flight coalition contains a shocking statistic -- there are a billion and a half fewer birds now on the North American continent then there was in 1970. That's a loss like we are used to hearing about from distant history....

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The World Should Learn From Canadian Conservation

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 12:50 PM

The world's largest event focused on parks and protected areas opens this week in Sydney, Australia. The World Parks Congress takes place just once every 10 years, and will play a major role in shaping the agenda for protected area conservation over the next decade. The Nov. 12-19...

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10 Stories That Will Shape the Future of Canada's Boreal Forest

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 8:21 AM

2013 was a big year for Canada's boreal forest. From new parks and protected areas to game-changing court decisions that saw First Nations receive more control over development projects within their traditional lands, there was no shortage of action throughout this massive forest that stretches all the way from Yukon...

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What the Amazonian Kayapó Have in Common With Indigenous Peoples of Canada's Boreal

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 6:37 PM

The Kayapo homeland in Brazil stands out as an island of intact forest against a surrounding onslaught of deforestation (fires highlighted in red, which were previously rare before development in the surrounding area). Photo Credit: NASA

At the recent World...

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Why Mass Bird Deaths Occur and How to Stop Them

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 5:53 PM

When 7,500 birds died a few weeks ago at a natural gas flare in New Brunswick, there was shock and dismay among most people who heard the news. Later news stories interviewed various bird experts to try to understand the context -- was this a rare event? How...

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Why Canada's Wetlands Matter to the World

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 10:59 AM

Here's a surprise for you. You may already know that the list of the world's largest and most important wetlands includes the Amazon Basin and the Pantanal of South America; the Nile River Basin and Congo Basin of Africa; and the Mississippi River Basin in the United States. But did...

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