The Impact of Tar Sand Mining on Bird Migration | The Glory of the Garden |

Fifty years ago, Rachel Carson warned us about a silent spring, a time when we would no longer hear the birds sing. After her book Silent Spring was published, many of the toxins used at the time were banned and birds became protected under international law. Unfortunately, we often put economic gains before our commitment to the environment, and the tar sands of Canada are another example of putting profits before ecology. Studies predict that over the next 50 years, bird populations could decrease anywhere between 6 million and 166 million unless effective action is taken — action that is both in our hands and our best interests.