Don’t Annihilate Entire Colony of Cliff Swallows

Target: Caroline Mulroney, Minister, Ministry of Transportation Ontario

Goal: Protect the colony of Cliff Swallows under the Argyle Bridge before it is demolished.

The Argyle Bridge in Ontario is home to the largest colony of Cliff Swallows in the area. Yet it is slated for demolition and reconstruction, posing a serious threat to the birds. The new bridge design does not allow the swallows to make nests as they cannot build on a metal structure, putting the 65 current nests and their residents in danger. Animal protection regulations are being blatantly ignored since any colony over eight nests must be protected.

The government is paying $2 million to protect the local mussel population in the water, but refuses to make any changes to help the Cliff Swallows. This is especially negligent since simple solutions, such as coating the metal beams, would allow the swallows to safely nest.

Sign this petition to urge the government to responsibly care for a protected migratory species, and safeguard the Cliff Swallows.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Honourable Mulroney,

The destruction of the Argyle Bridge also spells destruction for the Cliff Swallows that find homes under its arches. Simple measures can be taken to make the new bridge a suitable habitat for these animals, yet your government is failing to take adequate measures.

The 65 nests under the bridge make perhaps the largest colony in southern Ontario, and it is negligent to ignore the significance of a nest site of this magnitude.

The project is clearly concerned about its environmental impact, as indicated by the vigilance of the mussels in the water, and I urge you to safeguard all animals who are impacted by this construction.

Protect the vulnerable Cliff Swallows under Argyle Bridge.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Ingrid Taylar


29 Comments

  1. Paula Long says:

    So sad that killing is always the first option. Think outside of the box and come up with a solution that benefits wildlife.

  2. Maria Bertrand says:

    Caroline Mulroney, Minister, Ministry of Transportation Ontario

    Please always choose the option to PROTECT. Do everything to protect ALL the wildlife, ALWAYS as this goes down on your soul. And, it seems that there is AN EASY SOLUTION!

    SO WHAT ARE YOU THINKING???????????? DON’T LET CANADA ACT LIKE A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY THAT IS COMPLETELY BEHIND THE TIMES!!!!!!

  3. PROTECT ALL THESE BIRDS IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!

  4. Maria Bertrand says:

    Also, all wildlife was placed by our FATHER and therefore MATTER!

  5. Rose Coffey says:

    Most definitely take the time to make the minor adjustments to the bridge to save the birds. We need to change our ways; look at how many species of animals, birds, fish have become extinct due to modernization of whatever we “humans” need. We need to wake up and realize that we’re not as smart as we like to think we are.

  6. What is the matter with you people, disgusting

  7. Val Gaffney says:

    Canada, your track record for wildlife isn’t good so do something positive this time and save these birds! Whoever gave the ok for the destruction of this bridge should be shot himself!

  8. Paula Morgan says:

    Coating the metal beams would allow safe nesting for the swallows. It’s an easy fix! Please do it!!!

  9. Evelyn Ball says:

    Cliff swallows are listed as protected birds under the Migratory Birds Convention Act!!!!!

  10. Patricia Williams says:

    You Do Know that swallows eat bugs? Like mosquitoes and flies that carry disease! Why spend money polluting nature and us to stop the
    spread of disease, when you should be encouraging the nesting. If all it takes is coating the beams, then get the brain in your head to work And Do It! It is a win-win solution!

  11. I agree with Patricia. These birds eat MILLIONS of mosquitoes! If you remove the birds permanently, then you suffer the consequences. Coating the new bridge’s beams will be money well spent. Let’s just hope that the birds return when the bridge is completed, because it will probably be built when the birds migrate, giving them no place to nest.

  12. These birds and every other form of wildlife ALL NEED TO BE PROTECTED from the thrill killing punks. Make the punks hunt and kill each other…no penalty… IMO

  13. Renata Kuchinsky says:

    Cliff swallows are protected birds.
    Please take a stand and choose protection for those beautiful creatures. They can not protect themselves against human cruelty. This is a chance to really display that you truly care about this planet and it’s wildlife

    Make a DIFFERENCE

  14. Julia Edinger says:

    CANADIANS ARE SO “CRUEL AND HEARTLESS” WHEN IT COMES TO PRECIOUS WILDLIFE 😡 EVEN PRECIOUS CAT’S,,DOG’S AN FARM ANIMALS‼️ ALL GOD’S CREATIONS HAVE IMPORTANT PURPOSE IN THIS WORLD,,, DO NOT “DESTROY” THEM‼️

  15. Raymond Stevens says:

    Humans are like a virus to this planet and its inhabitants.

  16. Dolores Proubasta says:

    You will never regret doing right by the Swallows. It takes so little effort to be fair.

  17. Why is it that Canada is so progressive in some ways, but in regard to their treatment of wildlife and enactment and enforcement of animal protection laws they are so backwards? They seem to not care at all about how animals in general are treated. They continue to reinforce the view from outside their country that they are ok with the neglect, abuse, and killing of anything that stands in the way of human advancement. Dare I say it, they have become like the U.S. in that way, and that is sad.

  18. American Girl says:

    I’d like to help humanity, it’s just the humans I can’t stand! (JL) C’mon Canada, really? Protect these birds. To not do so would be a morally & ethically bankrupt decision on your part! WTF??? 1st the baby seals, now the birds. Your batting a thousand. Get a grip and put your sensitivity chip back in!

  19. Immediately terminate the employment of the vile bird hating cretins who have made zero protection strategies for these poor swallow birds. Redesign the bridge structure to enable protection of these poor birds.

  20. Shirley Lemieux says:

    If regulations for Animal protections state that any colony over eight nests must be protected, and the Government themselves refuses to comply with such regulations, then it’s no wonder that the people they represent would consider the Government themselves as Law breakers.

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