Tag: U.S. State of the Birds Report

Crowdsourcing the Birds

Written by | March 27th, 2009

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In honor of the groundbreaking new report, The State of the Birds, this week has been unofficially dubbed “Bird Week” on Cool Green Science. (See our migratory bird expert Dave Mehlman’s posts on the report.) My contribution to “Bird Week” has to do with flocks — but not flocks of birds — flocks of data and flocks of […]

State of the Birds: Requiem for Hawaii

Written by | March 26th, 2009

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I cannot conclude my blogs on the U.S. State of the Birds Report without mentioning Hawaii and its birds. The native bird species of Hawaii are by far in the worst shape of any group of birds in the United States. Here’s why the severe decline in Hawaii’s birds should be an issue of national […]

State of the Birds: Seeing the Trees and the Birds

Written by | March 25th, 2009

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Forests are a dominant habitat type in North America and, with 310 breeding bird species, are one of the most rich habitats for birds. And looking at the overall forest birds indicator from the U.S. State of the Birds Report, it appears that things are going well in this habitat, at least in this decade […]

State of the Birds: And Now For Some Good News!

Written by | March 24th, 2009

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Despite what you might think from my earlier posts, the U.S. State of the Birds Report does contain some good news. Perhaps the most encouraging is the status of wetlands birds (ducks, geese, swans, shorebirds, herons, egrets, etc.) whose indicator shows a dramatic increase starting in the late 1980′s, with current populations far above our base […]

State of the Birds: Grassland Birds Are Not Looking Good

Written by | March 23rd, 2009

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The U.S. State of the Birds Report analyzes bird populations by habitat types — and the habitat that most jumps out at me as of great concern is grasslands. The grassland bird indicator in the report clearly shows that these species are doing consistently worse than those in other habitat types. Grasslands also have a […]

State of the Birds: Aridlands Decline

Written by | March 20th, 2009

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One of the bigger surprises for me to come out of the State of the Birds report is the poor state of aridlands birds. This was the portion of the report that I drafted and, though I am familiar with aridland conservation issues, the fact that this habitat and its birds seem to be faring […]

U.S. State of the Birds: A Report Whose Time Has Come

Written by | March 19th, 2009

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The first ever U.S. State of the Birds report was issued today, in hard copy with an accompanying web site. The Nature Conservancy also has launched a great website that pulls together the report, a map of U.S. bird habitat, and other important bird information. Why is this report so critical? Because it pulls together […]

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