Backyard Birds Disappearing
Saturday, October 06 2007 @ 04:31 AM EDT
Contributed by: Anonymous
Decline of the songbirds
Last Updated June 22, 2007
It's not been a good year for the birds and the bees. A few months ago, media outlets were seized with the unexpected collapse of otherwise thriving bee colonies across the U.S. and in parts of Canada, a mystery that still has scientists baffled.
Now, the National Audubon Society in the U.S. has reported on a devastating decline in the common bird. The 20 most popular species — the warblers and songbirds that frequent our backyard feeders, as well as the small ducks and game birds that scurry through fields and wetlands — have seen their numbers drop an astounding 54 per cent over the past 40 years, the NAS says. The top 10 birds in this category have seen their numbers dwindle by an average of more than 70 per cent.
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Northern bobwhite: A staggering 25 million fewer today than in the mid-1960s, according to the New York-based National Audubon Society. (National Audubon Society/Canadian Press)