Thursday, March 19, 2009

State of the Birds

How are birds doing in the United States?

For the first time, federal agencies and conservation organizations including The Nature Conservancy have produced a comprehensive State of the Birds, which examines population trends of all U.S. bird species and the health of their habitats.

The results are sobering. Many birds are in long-term decline due to a daunting list of problems including habitat loss and degradation, energy development, climate change , pollution and invasive species.

But the report found bright spots. Conservation efforts have caused signifcant increases in populations of bald eagles, ospreys, herons, ducks and other species.

Read the report, and learn more about how we can all help more species of our feathered friends.

Photo: Sage grouse by Bob Griffith.

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