A new scientific report reveals the unique function of the North American Boreal Forest. The report highlight the unique role of the vast, mostly-intact boreal forest, providing to many american birds the best fighting chance of surviving the dual threats of habitat loss and climate change. This s why, according to the report, at least half of the boreal forest should be protected from industrial development. 
Scientific researchers agree on the need of larger, interconnected protected areas in order to maintain our planet's amazing collection of biodiversity.
The report concludes that:
• Between 1-3 billion birds representing more than 300 species flock to the boreal each spring to find summer nesting habitat.
• Once the young have hatched, 3-5 billion birds migrate back south toward their winter habitat—many as close as the U.S. and some as far south as the Tierra del Fuego.
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