Many Bird Species Declining In USA

Posted on April 1, 2009  Comments (2)

photo of a Rusty Blackbirdphoto of a Rusty blackbird, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Report Warns Many Bird Species Declining In U.S.

“The rusty blackbird is a great example of what the ‘State of the Birds‘ is really trying to get at. Somewhere between 75 and 90 percent of population has been lost within the last 40 years,” says Ziolkowski. “The biggest factor is probably loss of wetland habitat. Most populations of birds are really declining now primarily because of rampant development and urban sprawl.”

The report includes some good news about birds that were on the brink of extinction but have rebounded because of conservation efforts, including the Laysan duck and the wild turkey. But it also says many bird species are in trouble — including birds that live on the oceans, in grasslands, in deserts, in the Arctic, on the coasts, in wetlands and in forests.

Development, agriculture, energy production, pollution, invasive species and climate change all put birds at risk.

The report shows that many other birds are in trouble. Half of the birds that migrate along on the coasts are declining, and so are many seabirds and lots of the birds that live in grasslands and in deserts.

And despite Hawaii’s reputation for rich flora and fauna, more bird species are vulnerable to extinction there than any place else.

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2 Responses to “Many Bird Species Declining In USA”

  1. Jimmy
    April 12th, 2009 @ 10:57 pm

    Well, this is happening all around the world with over 50% of the species living in this planet. it’s just horrible and heartbreaking

  2. Anonymous
    December 15th, 2009 @ 2:51 pm

    It’s true, Hawaii has been devastated with extinctions since the Captain Cook “discovered” it. I use quotes because I don’t think you can discover a place that already has a tax system in place, but I degress… a lot of hawaiian wildlife was sitting ducks (or other birds) when rats and cats invaded.

    Mahalo! -thanks in hawaiian

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