Heart of the Fraser River estuary threatened

A pale brown barn owl wings spread wide in flight low above the ground, wheat coloured grass stalks waving below.

Photo by Liron Gertsman.

Despite having already lost almost 80% of its naturally functioning habitat, the estuary is relied on by millions of birds.

During spring and fall migration, the estuary hosts nearly all the world’s population of Western Sandpipers. Year round, it is a home to species at risk of extinction, including Barn Owls and a unique population of Great Blue Heron.

Port Metro Vancouver has proposed construction of the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 expansion project, doubling the size of the shipping terminal in the heart of the Fraser River estuary. If approved, this expansion would permanently alter the flow of water across core intertidal habitat, degrading crucial feeding grounds for birds. Damage to this habitat cannot be effectively mitigated.

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