Birds of Western New York
The Canisius Ambassadors for Conservation are delighted to
bring you these pages devoted to the wonderful bird species found in our
own backyard -- Western New York and Southern Ontario. In the flight of
birds, nature gives us both beauty and inspiration.
Bird life is an ideal point of focus for
those of us concerned about wildlife conservation. Many people are
attracted to birds because of their charisma and beauty, and therefore
come to care about their places in nature. Moreover, birds are often
"indicator species" for the ecosystems that they inhabit. This means
that the presence/absence of bird species can often serve as useful
indices of the overall health of a given ecosystem.
People understandably fall in love with
birds and become willing to devote time, money and resources to preserve
them. This then has a wonderful spill down effect that benefits almost
all wildlife as well. Generally, what is good for birds is also good
for the thousands of other species that lie below them and above them in
the web of life.