Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops will be conducting research, which could save the lives of migratory birds.
TRU is undertaking the research thanks to 355 thousand dollars in federal grants.
Associate Professor Matt Reudink says the work will take five years.
He says the bottom line is to find out why certain bird populations are declining.
“We are all use to our birds. We love it when our birds come back every spring in order to breed but we often don’t pay attention to what’s going on throughout the rest of the year and realistically these migratory birds that we have here in Canada and Kamloops that we enjoy so much they are facing many threats. A lot of them are declining and heading towards extinction.”
Reudink says, the money will allow him to hire as many as 12 students doing work on their masters and another 30 undergraduates.