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The following motion was put forward by Commissioner Woodcock:
Whereas the Vancouver Green Action Plan recognizes under “Easy Access to Nature” that green and blue natural spaces need to be protected and well managed, and that the City should contribute to, and influence, the development of Metro Vancouver’s Regional Biodiversity Strategy, which includes emphasizing guidelines to attract and sustain songbirds, the protection and recovery of endangered species and ecosystems, creating or re-establishing wildlife corridors and that the City be a pioneer in identifying, monitoring, protecting, and enhancing urban ecosystem services.
Whereas Canada’s ‘Important Bird Areas Program’ is a science based initiative to identify, conserve and monitor a network of sites that provide essential migrating, feeding, resting and nesting habitat for Canada’s bird population, of which BC has 84 of the 600 designated sites; of which the most important on the Pacific Flyway being the Fraser River Delta, adjacent to Vancouver, that is an area of refuge for millions of birds.
Whereas BC is home to 500 recognized bird species, of which Metro Vancouver, including Vancouver, supports 407 species, most of which are migratory
Whereas through their dependence on many habitats along their migrations, birds often feel the effects of changing habitats first before many other species, making birds key indicators for the health of our environment, which in turn through a connection with nature, contributes to the health of city residents,Whereas World Migratory Bird Day is a program of the United Nations Environmental Program taking place May 14 & 15, 2011 with world wide participation, highlighting the need for the protection of migratory birds and their habitats, where people around the world take action and organize public events such as bird festivals, education programs and birdwatching excursions ( www.worldmigratorybirdday.org )
Be it resolved that Park Board direct staff to report back on the feasibility of mapping important bird migration, feeding, resting and nesting areas within the City of Vancouver, with the goal of applying this information in Park Board’s tree planting and planting arrangements, and in park redevelopment programs, in order to attract and sustain habitat for migratory birds to the city as a source of food, nest sites and shelter.
THAT the Board later this evening go into a meeting which is closed to the public, pursuant to Section 165.2 (1) of the Vancouver Charter, to discuss matters related to paragraph:
(e) the acquisition, disposition or expropriation of land or improvements, if the Board considers that disclosure could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the city;