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Issues Concerning Birds

In 2016, Partners in Flight, a multi-national network of 150 organizations from the US and Canada (including both the US Fish and Wildlife Services and the Canadian Wildlife Services) issued a Landbird Conservation Plan that described threats and potential solutions to North American landbird populations. The report is sobering. For example, the best estimates are that landbird populations have declined from 11.5 billion birds in 1970 to ~10 billion birds in 2016, a decline of more than 10%. Multiple species have declined more than 50% within that interval, including Bobolink, Chimney Swift, Black-billed Cuckoo, Cape May Warbler, Long-eared Owl, Eastern Whipporwill, and Olive-sided Flycatcher.  To read the report, click on the link below.


2016 Partners in Flight Report



In 2015 a National Audubon Society report was issued describing the affects of Climate Change on birds in North America. In 2016 the North American Bird Conservation Initiative issued a State of the Birds Report, assessing 1,154 native North American bird species.  Links to both of these important issues are provided below.


  Audubon Species on the Brink


 2016 NABCI State of the Birds Report