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Old 04-06-2009, 07:53 AM   #1
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Report shows calamitous collapse of many U.S. birds species
By Amy Dusto
Issue date: 4/2/09
Report shows calamitous collapse of many U.S. birds species - Science
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For the first time ever, a group of government wildlife agencies and conservation groups have published a comprehensive report on the dire state of the U.S. bird population and the resultant environmental implications.

The publication is entitled The State of the Birds, the 2009 Report and is available online. Government participants include the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey.
Private organizations, including the Nature Conservancy and the Audubon Society, were also involved.
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Birds serve as environmental warning signs - quite literally, the canary in the coal mine - because their survival is intimately linked to human-influenced factors. These include loss of habitat, climate change, energy demands, contaminants and invasive species.

The report stresses that individuals can contribute a great deal toward slowing the decline of American birds. Efforts as small-scale as keeping pet cats indoors, landscaping with native species and buying shade-grown coffee all make a difference for keeping bird species alive.
Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted): Report Reveals One-Third of US Birds are Endangered
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What you can do to help:
1. Make sure your purchases do not harm wild bird populations. For example, insist on only drinking shade-grown coffee, and avoid seafoods that destroy seabirds and other animals as "bycatch" (learn more about environmentally-friendly seafoods).
2. Reduce or stop pesticide and fertilizer use, purchase organic pesticide-free foods whenever possible and use only nontoxic cleaning agents that do not poison the soil and watershed.
3. Fight back against invasive plant and animal species, which threaten more than one-third of the birds on the Audubon WatchList. Keep your pet cats indoors at all times and keep dogs on a leash or in a fenced run when outdoors. Landscape your yard only with native plants.
4. Defend the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and demand that politicians rely on scientists and scientifically collected data to design and implement conservation and restoration efforts.
5. Share your passion for birds and their habitats with others by example: take a kid birding with you, pick up trash while hiking, learn more about conservation efforts and also share your passion through your writing, music, art, and photography. Participate in citizen-science projects, like the Christmas Bird Count, the Breeding Bird Survey and the Great Backyard Bird Count, which further our knowledge of avian populations. Donate unused binoculars to biologists in the tropics, where most North American migratory birds spend their winters.
USFWS Report: The State of the Birds 2009 pdf
http://www.stateofthebirds.org/pdf_files/State_of_the_Birds_2009.pdf
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All very good suggestions on things we can easily do to help.
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