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Old 09-01-2011, 06:51 AM   #101
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It's hard to believe, but these guys are threatened in their homeland.


House sparrow numbers falling because of decline in gardens - Telegraph


"The findings suggest that "garden grabbing", or building on gardens, is likely to be highly detrimental to the species, which has seen numbers tumble by more than 70 per cent since the 1970s and is now red-listed because of concerns about its future.
The declines have been particularly marked in urban areas, where pollution, the number of insects for food, predators, and the availability of nest sites are all thought to be affecting populations."
I agree with one of the replies to this article. The cause is loss of nesting sites. Buildings are tighter now and don't provide the places that HOSP want to nest. I have seen this work in downtown Lansing. They gave downtown businesses incentives to spruce up the store fronts. The HOSP lost almost every nesting site and their numbers were reduced by 70 - 80% in a couple of years. This is a war that we could win, if we wanted to.
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