YardMap Grows Internationally
We're excited to announce YardMap's growing international reach. Last year YardMap entered into a partnership with the nonprofit Nature Canada. Founded in 1939, it is the oldest nature conservation charity in Canada and consists of more than 45,000 supporters and more than 350 nature organizations from every province. Nature Canada is also a Canadian co-partner in BirdLife International.
Nature Canada has helped protect more than 63 million acres of Canadian parks and wildlife areas, in addition to jointly overseeing Canada’s network of nearly 600 Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas (IBAs).
To take this work into residential backyards and community landscapes, Nature Canada is invested in supporting citizen-science initiatives, and connecting urban Canadians to nature through its NatureHood program. Working with YardMap creates a mutually beneficial relationship that further encourages Canadian residents to engage in citizen science at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology by mapping their yards and recording wildlife observations. We are excited to see the growing network of landowners committed to maximizing native habitat in support of birds and other wildlife. We already have 600+ maps distributed throughout Canada.
This month Nature Canada launches its YardMap Initiative. Now, Canadian residents can access YardMap through the Nature Canada web page. In keeping with Canada’s official bilingualism, this part of the website is available in both English and French. By mapping your property you are making an important contribution to science while learning more about modifying your landscape to best support birds and wildlife. We look forward to even more maps from the important forest, prairie, mountain, and coastal regions of this vast country that are critical to treasured birds and other wildlife.