Birds

Dying Birds Are Environmental Canaries in the Coal Mine

David Suzuki | Posted 09.03.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Birds have long been the "canaries in the coal mine" for our destructive ways. Extinction of the passenger pigeon sparked the first large environmental movement in the U.S., and led to restrictions on hunting, as well as federal and international regulations to protect migratory birds. Now, birds face a range of new problems, most caused by humans and many serving as further warnings about our bad habits.

WATCH: Clever Birds Open Parkade Doors

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada British Columbia

These bird brains are pretty darn big to have figured out how to operate the doors in an underground parkade at the University of Victoria. A YouTu...

Windmills Are Beautiful (Yes, Even in My Backyard)

David Suzuki | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

With the growing urgency of climate change, we can't have it both ways. We can't shout about the dangers of global warming and then turn around and shout even louder about the "dangers" of windmills. We must accept that all forms of energy have associated costs. A blanket "not in my backyard" approach is hypocritical and counterproductive. I think smokestacks, smog, acid rain, coal-fired power plants and climate change are ugly. I think windmills are beautiful. And if one day I look out from my cabin porch and see a row of windmills spinning in the distance, I won't curse them. I will praise them. It will mean we're finally getting somewhere.

Why Mass Bird Deaths Occur and How to Stop Them

Jeff Wells | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Jeff Wells

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. How did it happen? Could it happen again? How might it have been prevented? As tragic as these incidents are, though, they are a blip in the big picture of threats to migratory bird populations.

Let's Hatch a Plan to Save the World's Birds Before it's Too Late

David Suzuki | Posted 09.09.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

We can't live without birds. Beyond being fascinating and beautiful, they play a crucial role in keeping the world habitable for all life, including people. They disperse seeds, pollinate plants, control insects, provide food and are indicators of the overall health of ecosystems. One in eight -- or 1,313 -- species of Earth's birds is in danger of disappearing.

What's Killing The World's Birds?

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.19.2013 | Canada

VANCOUVER - The world's birds are literally the canaries in the coal mine and their ongoing decline should serve as a warning signal of a global envir...

WATCH: Eagle Party!!!

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 05.10.2013 | Canada

Breaking up parties is a pretty common task for most police officers. But what about a party made up of a couple dozen bald eagles? Police in the t...

Birds With Backpacks?

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.26.2012 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia birds outfitted with tiny backpacks have shown researchers that birds of a feather do not always flock together.Forty bir...

Calgary Captures: Flamingos Form a Beautiful Heart at the Calgary Zoo

Sarena Dharshi | Posted 11.07.2012 | Canada Alberta
Sarena Dharshi

I captured a picture of these two beautiful creatures during a casual visit to the Calgary Zoo this summer. It caught my eye that they are almost forming a heart together.

Are The Birds And Bees Worth $250 Billion?

The Canadian Press | Posted 09.23.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- MONTREAL - What salary would you expect to pay a force of internationally diverse workers who toil harmoniously -- without pensi...