Ecojustice Blog – Nature, Special Update Posted on December 17, 2018 (updated: December 17, 2018)

From birdwatching to oil-spill prevention: a quest

Ian MironLawyer
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My name is Ian, and I became an Ecojustice lawyer to give voice to nature and empower communities to have a say in decisions that affect them.

Like many Ecojustice supporters, I am also an avid birdwatcher. It’s something I stumbled into in 2012, when, as a summer student at Ecojustice, I worked on a precedent-setting case to protect migratory birds from lethal collisions with highly-reflective skyscraper windows.

Here I am birdwatching at Cranberry Marsh on Lake Ontario in December 2016 (by Sara Miron)

Learning about the variety of migratory birds in Ontario was eye-opening. It has prompted me to explore natural and urban landscapes in search of these incredible creatures. I keep a list of every bird I spot. One day I hope to see the Atlantic Puffin in Newfoundland.

Birds are emblematic of the biodiversity that I fight to protect. This year, my holiday wish is for biodiversity in the Gulf of St. Lawrence to have the chance to thrive.

In February, my colleagues and I will be in court to defend the Gulf of St. Lawrence from oil and gas exploration that puts ecosystems and communities in harm’s way. The Gulf is one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth — home to more than 4,000 species including the endangered blue whale, wild Atlantic salmon, and at-risk Harlequin Duck (which happens to be the first duck species added to Canada’s threatened and endangered species list).

An oil spill in this region would devastate the marine ecosystem, fisheries and the tourism industry, and the Indigenous and local communities who rely on the Gulf for their way of life.

Right now, flocks of Harlequin Duck are wintering on rocky Atlantic coastlines. Like many wintering ducks, large portions of their population tend to congregate in small areas of the Gulf, providing a visible reminder of Atlantic Canada’s rich biodiversity. It also makes them highly vulnerable to a single catastrophic oil spill.

Please stand with us this holiday season and help fend off the threat of oil and gas exploration in the Gulf.


Ian Miron, Lawyer

P.S. Protecting biodiversity is one of the greatest gifts we can give to our loved ones. Please make a gift today and help Ecojustice give voice to nature in courtrooms and legislatures across Canada.

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