By Craig Baird
Evolving millions of years ago, birds have come to occupy every single part of the planet. from the far north all the way down to the Antarctic, birds can be found in one form or another. There doesn’t seem to be an island without them, and we see them every day of our lives.
Sadly, it turns out that many bird populations around the planet are in decline, and some are close to extinction.
In the report titled State of the Birds, there is some good news. Many species are now thriving thanks to conservation programs that have helped bring some back from the brink of extinction. Unfortunately, the report is not full of good news.
Every habitat harbor bird species in the United States is at risk, with Hawaiian birds and ocean birds the most at risk. Of the 800 species in the United States, 67 are listed as endangered and 184 are under conservation concern. Hawaiian birds are the most in danger. One third of all species of birds in the United States can be found there, and since 300 A.D. when the island was first colonized, 71 species have gone extinct, with 10 species going extinct in the last 40 years. Several arctic and alpine bird species are also suffering with 38 of the 85 species under conservation concern.
In the last 40 years, grassland birds have shown the fastest decline, with forest birds also declining as well. It is not hard to determine why these bird species are declining. The biggest causes are the spread of agriculture land, climate change, development and energy infrastructure and invasive species making their way into the bird’s habitat.
Even parks do not work out for birds since they are mowed too often and the grass is kept too short to allow it to become a habitat for birds.
With bird species disappearing, we are losing a truly unique part of the animal kingdom. It is important that we all support societies that protect birds and help them survive so that future generations can see these Lords of the Skies in all their majesty.