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Old 02-26-2009, 06:43 PM   #1
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Diversity Of Birds Buffer Against West Nile Virus
ScienceDaily (Feb. 20, 2009)

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090220191318.htm
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North American scientists studying West Nile virus have shown that more diverse bird populations can help to buffer people against infection. Since the virus first spread to North America it has reached epidemic proportions and claimed over 1,100 human lives. “This is an important example of the links between biodiversity and human health”, commented Dr Stuart Butchart, BirdLife's Global Research and Indicators Coordinator.

Biodiversity is increasingly being recognised as socially and economically important because of the valuable services it provides. The authors of this latest research - John Swaddle and Stavros Calos - highlighted the “increasing evidence for economically valuable ecosystem services provided by biodiversity”.
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Old 03-27-2009, 01:26 PM   #2
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So that means cities would benefit from increasing habitat in area parks and along roadways,etc. There seems to be ever increasing evidence that biodiversity is important to mankind as a whole.
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Amen, Gloria.
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Old 03-29-2009, 10:10 AM   #4
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This very subject came up this weekend. That Doug Tallamy spoke about how nobody in Congress knows what biodiversity is and that we have oversimplified ecosystems to the extent that the plants and animals holding (he used the word rivet) the ecosystems together that sustain us have been eliminated to the extent our carrying capacity has been greatly reduced. He compared the animald diversity that comes from native plants to interest in bank accounts. Spectacular analogy that everyone could relate to.
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Old 04-01-2009, 10:53 AM   #5
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This is the area that gardeners can be very helpful. A diversity of food available through encouraging insects (no pesticides),berries and seed from plants growing(especially natives),water provided numerous ways,and places for birds to seek shelter or nest. The species of birds that will visit the garden increases dramaticlly even in a small urban garden.
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Old 04-01-2009, 09:39 PM   #6
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I couldn't agree with you more Gloria.
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