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GRIPP Flowering Dogwood Cornus florida

The National Wildlife Federation recently issued a report calling climate change “the most serious threat this century facing America’s migratory birds” by causing habitat and nesting site losses, food shortages, and behavioral changes including changes to bird migratory patterns. To help address declining bird populations, GRIPP researchers are working to conserve plant species which are ecologically important for the long-term survival of bird species by studying disease resistance, “backing up” plant genetic diversity through cryopreservation, and re-distributing plant species back into their native environments.

Did you Know?

American Elms are an important for the survival of bird species such as the Baltimore oriole.

GRIPP American Elm Ulmus Americana
  • Bark serves as shelter to various insects which in turn are eater by animals.
  • Branches provide timber for animals to make shelter.
  • Flowers will open between late May and early June in Ontario and are pollinated by bees, butterflies and flies.
  • Fruits provide food for over 50 species of birds and many small mammals in late fall. Consequently, fruits from trees play an important role during winter migration and hibernation.
Find out more about what GRIPP is doing to conserve American Elm populations

Eastern Flowering Dogwood is a multi-purpose plant that is crucial to the survival and fitness of many birds and mammals.

GRIPP Flowering Dogwood Cornus florida
  • Bark serves as shelter to various insects which in turn are eater by animals.
  • Branches provide timber for animals to make shelter.
  • Flowers will open between late May and early June in Ontario and are pollinated by bees, butterflies and flies.
  • Fruits provide food for over 50 species of birds and many small mammals in late fall. Consequently, fruits from trees play an important role during winter migration and hibernation.
Find out more about what GRIPP is doing to conserve Eastern Flowering Dogwood populations