Apparently this has been going on for some time. The 1st article has a way for us to help:
AUDUBON: Common Birds In Decline -- What's happening to birds we know and love?
The one distinction these common species share is the potential to become uncommon unless we all take action to protect them and their habitat.
Go to the website below and browse the species list and learn what you can do to help.
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Audubon: Common backyard birds becoming less common
POSTED: June 14, 2007
• 20 common birds have lost more than half their populations in the past 40 years
• Birds in decline: Northern bobwhite, field sparrow and boreal chickadee
• Factors: Agriculture, habitat loss, pesticides, invasive species, global warming
• Health of a bird population often a harbinger of health of other wildlife, humans
* See Full Article: http://edition.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/06/14/bird.decline/
U.S. BIRD POPULATIONS IN DECLINE, REPORT SAYS
Secretary of the Interior calls government agencies and the public to action By Solmaz Barazesh Web edition : Thursday, March 19th, 2009
A review of bird populations in the United States was released March 19 by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. Nearly a third of the United States’ 800 bird species are endangered, threatened or in significant decline, the new report shows.
* See Full Article: http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/41937/title/U.S._bird_populations_in_decline,_report_says
Personally, I'd rather see that the news contain this kind of topic rather than the latest twitter from celebs.
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