“State of the Birds” Report Assesses the Health of the Nation’s Birds.
The Good News: Conservation Efforts Work When Applied.
The Bad News: Populations Are Down in Many Key Habitats.
One hundred years after the extinction of the passenger pigeon, the nation’s top bird science and conservation groups have come together to publish The State of the Birds 2014—the most comprehensive review of long-term trend data for U.S. birds ever conducted. The authors call the results unsettling. The report finds bird populations declining across several key habitats, and it includes a “watch list” of bird species in need of immediate conservation help. The report also reveals, however, that in areas where a strong conservation investment has been made, bird populations are recovering. The full report can be found at www.stateofthebirds.org.