Birds are telling us we must act now to ensure
our planet can sustain wildlife and people
We’ve Lost One in Four Birds
across the continent, numbers have plummeted, even among common species
In less than a single lifetime, North America has lost more than one in four of its birds, according to a report in the world’s leading scientific journal.
Published in Science by researchers at seven institutions, the findings show that 2.9 billion breeding adult birds have been lost since 1970, including birds in every ecosystem.
The losses include iconic songsters such as Eastern and Western Meadowlarks (down by 139 million) and favorite birds at feeders, such as Dark-eyed Juncos (down by 168 million) and sweet-singing White-throated Sparrows (down by 93 million).
The disappearance of even common species indicates a general shift in our ecosystems’ ability to support basic birdlife, the scientists conclude.
What’s Behind The Declines?
Watch the video: The decline of birds signals a broader crisis in the natural world already echoed by global losses in insects, amphibians, and other wildlife. Our quality of life—the water we drink, the food we eat, and the beauty of natural landscapes that we enjoy—all depend on keeping our planet healthy. Conservation actions work, and there is no time to lose.
How Can You Help Make a Bird-Friendly Planet?
7 Simple Actions to Help Birds
Help Spread the Word Now
You can make a difference. Polls show the majority of Americans care about the environment. But many people simply aren’t aware that these declines are happening.
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