Be a champion of wildlife underdogs

by Monitor Conservation Research Society
Be a champion of wildlife underdogs
Be a champion of wildlife underdogs
Be a champion of wildlife underdogs
Be a champion of wildlife underdogs
Be a champion of wildlife underdogs
Be a champion of wildlife underdogs

Project Report | Nov 17, 2023
Harmonising for Conservation: SiTDB

By Loretta Shepherd | Communications Coordinator

Live songbirds are globally traded for their song and beauty. Unfortunately, much of this trade is unsustainable or illegal. Even when the trade is legal, it does not necessarily mean it is well-regulated or sustainable. The impact of trade on wild songbird populations can be catastrophic, and a lack of knowledge is a major impediment to achieve effective regulation and conservation efforts. 

As we work towards a future in which trade does not pose a threat to wild songbirds, we are pleased to share the Songbirds in Trade Database (SiTDB), the world’s first global open-source database of its kind. 

The carefully curated, freely accessible SiTDB was created by a unique group of partners with the aim of providing an improved understanding of domestic and international live songbird trade dynamics. 

It is projects like this that help fill knowledge gaps and present a clear overview of our current knowledge of the commercial live songbird trade and its conservation impact.

“We are very excited to launch this database, ensuring more data can be put to use to save songbirds,” said Monitor Executive Director Chris R. Shepherd. “It is only with this evidence-based knowledge can we flag conservation concerns, inform effective policy and enforcement interventions and catalyse conservation actions.”


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Monitor Conservation Research Society

Location: BIG LAKE RANCH, BC - Canada
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Twitter: @MCRSociety
Project Leader:
Loretta Shepherd

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