Vancouver: Destruction Of Bird Habitat For Industrial Gains Must End

Target: Vancouver City Council

Goal: Prevent further destruction of the Delta wetlands, a migratory bird habitat

Plans for an expansion of the Deltaport terminal at Roberts Bank in Vancouver, British Columbia, stand to further devastate populations of migratory birds in the area. Situated along the Pacific coast migratory route, the Delta wetlands provide a rich natural habitat for numerous bird species making annual airborne treks across the Earth. Destroying this vital habitat would also destroy the bird species who depend on it; the industrial expansion of the area must be stopped before bird populations vanish completely.

Home to bird species from 22 countries, the internationally recognized importance of this region cannot be understated. Sadly, industrial expansion has already taken a very heavy toll on migratory bird populations thanks to an extensive network of power lines situated along the Roberts Bank causeway. To migratory birds, these may as well be electrified fishing nets.

Every year, hundreds of birds slam into the lines and die from the shock, crumpled wings, or fractured skulls. No plans have been implemented to address this issue. Further industrial development continues to take priority over the livelihood of the delicate ecosystem being trampled in the land, air and water of the Delta.

According to a report by the North American Bird Conservation Initiative, coastal surveys in British Columbia demonstrate a staggering 35 percent drop in bird species. Across Canada, shorebirds and grassland birds have had their populations cut in half. With bird numbers already in decline, an industrial expansion on the Roberts Bank would only compound the oppressive factors (climate change, pollution, pesticides) that must be overcome by these struggling bird species.

Not only does expansion literally, and very permanently, destroy the habitat it builds upon, but it also increases the likelihood of an industrial disaster destroying local habitat. If a container holding any number of substances or products were to fall into the Delta, the ecological devastation would be unthinkable.

Vancouver must take a more environmentally sound approach as it fulfills its industrial ambitions. Fulfilling such an agenda does not have to come at the expense of widespread habitat loss and species destruction. Sign this petition and demand that Vancouver work with environmental agencies to reach ecologically balanced solutions to the future of its port industry.


Dear Vancouver City Council,

Your city is well-known for its approach to sustainable and eco-friendly management. However, expansion of the Deltaport terminal would be an affront to this image and a devastating blow to the already compromised Delta habitat. I am writing to implore that measures are taken to ensure the protection of this natural region in the face of industrial expansion.

Across Canada, coastal birds have endured a fifty percent reduction in their populations. The migratory location of the Delta offers a vital stopover for bird species from over twenty different countries as they make their annual journeys. Power lines along the Roberts Bank causeway already contribute to the grisly deaths of hundreds of birds every year. Reducing natural habitat even further, and introducing more opportunities for industrial disaster (i.e. spillage) could push this delicate ecosystem to a point where it may never recover.

I urge the Council to address the issue of industrial expansion in the Roberts Bank as soon as possible. The livelihood of coastal birds depends on it, as does the livelihood of the entire ecosystem and the very image of your great city.


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  1. Industry must stop trumping ecology!!

  2. save the delta wetlands for the great migratory birds now.

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