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by May 16, 2013
The eastern loggerhead shrike is one of the fastest-declining bird species in North America. These tiny songbirds might look sweet, but they hunt like birds of prey, using their beak to impale their future meals (typically large insects) on thorns or the barbed wire of fences. It makes sense that the thorn trees on parts of Ontario's Carden Alvar are a traditional nesting area for the shrikes.
But the characteristics that make this bird special -- like their unique hunting style -- can also hurt their survival. This endangered species is an "area-sensitive species" that can't live just anywhere. And there's now only five regular breeding grounds in Canada for the eastern loggerhead shrike.
The Nature Conservancy Canada is working to make sure the eastern loggerhead shrike is around for generations to come, but they can't do it without you help. Sign this pledge to be a voice for Canada's endangered species and support the protection of animals like the eastern loggerhead shrike.
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