The Barn Swallow of Ontario

This beautiful song bird builds its mud nests almost always on human-made structures such as inside barns & under bridges, where the nests are easily constructed and adhere to unpainted wood. There are several factors that are effecting the lives of these beautiful species and they will most likely become endangered if steps are not taken to address the current threatening factors.

Old barns that once housed opened windows are now torn down and replaced with sealed windows & doors or constructed with alluminium & steel, preventing the birds from entering; also making it impossible to make nests that adhere to these new materials.

Other threatening factors are pesticides that are sprayed on the fields which reduces the insects in which they feed upon and farmland turning into urban & suburban housing.

Golden Lion Tamarin Monkey

This unique and beautiful monkey resides in the rainforest which is rapidly diminishing.  There are less than 3200 of them left, making them one of the most endangered species.  Besides the diminishing habitat, they are poached for their rare, natural orange fur.  Many factors are effecting their habitat that needs to be stopped; illegal logging, irresponsible farming and expansion of urban & suburban areas.  These monkeys rely on the vast area of the rainforest to hunt and roam and with this diminishing; leaves less and less area for them to do that.

Beluga Whale

This whale swims in packs in the ocean and needs the sea ice for its existence.  They are very similar to the Narwhal in their need for sea ice.  The shrinking and the thinning of the ice, due to environmental change, is one of the factors currently threatening them.

Ocean noise and the increase of shipping vessels are the other factors that are effecting marine life.  These whales depend on their communication under water to protect each other against predators as well as for hunting food, keeping their young safe, finding mates and navigation.  With the interruption of shipping vessels, makes all of this hard to accomplish.  The potential danger of spills & pollution caused by these shipping vessels are another factor that effects their existence.

Narwhal

This unicorn of the sea is very similar to the beluga in regards for their need for sea ice for existence.  The rapid climate change is effecting the shrinkage & thinning of this ice, making it very hard for these mammals to adapt.  The Narwhal relies on the ice for food and safe refuge against predators.  Known as the “unicorn of the sea” because of the large horn they have, which is another factor that is threatening their existence.  Poachers are capturing them only for this horn.

The increase in ocean noise effects the narwhal as well due to their under water communication they rely on for warning of predators as well as for hunting and navigating.  These same shipping vessels that carry oil and gas are a potential threat for spillage too.

The Barn Swallow of Ontario

This beautiful song bird builds its mud nests almost always on human-made structures such as inside barns & under bridges, where the nests are easily constructed and adhere to unpainted wood. There are several factors that are effecting the lives of these beautiful species and they will most likely become endangered if steps are not taken to address the current threatening factors.

Old barns that once housed opened windows are now torn down and replaced with sealed windows & doors or constructed with alluminium & steel, preventing the birds from entering; also making it impossible to make nests that adhere to these new materials.

Other threatening factors are pesticides that are sprayed on the fields which reduces the insects in which they feed upon and farmland turning into urban & suburban housing.

Golden Lion Tamarin Monkey

This unique and beautiful monkey resides in the rainforest which is rapidly diminishing.  There are less than 3200 of them left, making them one of the most endangered species.  Besides the diminishing habitat, they are poached for their rare, natural orange fur.  Many factors are effecting their habitat that needs to be stopped; illegal logging, irresponsible farming and expansion of urban & suburban areas.  These monkeys rely on the vast area of the rainforest to hunt and roam and with this diminishing; leaves less and less area for them to do that.

Beluga Whale

This whale swims in packs in the ocean and needs the sea ice for its existence.  They are very similar to the Narwhal in their need for sea ice.  The shrinking and the thinning of the ice, due to environmental change, is one of the factors currently threatening them.

Ocean noise and the increase of shipping vessels are the other factors that are effecting marine life.  These whales depend on their communication under water to protect each other against predators as well as for hunting food, keeping their young safe, finding mates and navigation.  With the interruption of shipping vessels, makes all of this hard to accomplish.  The potential danger of spills & pollution caused by these shipping vessels are another factor that effects their existence.

Narwhal

This unicorn of the sea is very similar to the beluga in regards for their need for sea ice for existence.  The rapid climate change is effecting the shrinkage & thinning of this ice, making it very hard for these mammals to adapt.  The Narwhal relies on the ice for food and safe refuge against predators.  Known as the “unicorn of the sea” because of the large horn they have, which is another factor that is threatening their existence.  Poachers are capturing them only for this horn.

The increase in ocean noise effects the narwhal as well due to their under water communication they rely on for warning of predators as well as for hunting and navigating.  These same shipping vessels that carry oil and gas are a potential threat for spillage too.