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U.S., Canada lost nearly 3 billion birds over 50 years, study says


Added 09-19-19 04:25:03pm EST - “The U.S. and Canada have lost almost 3 billion birds over 50 years ?" equivalent to nearly 30% of the population seen in 1979.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “U.S., Canada lost nearly 3 billion birds over 50 years, study says”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The U.S. and Canada have lost almost 3 billion birds over 50 years — equivalent to nearly 30% of the population seen in 1979.

Published Thursday in Science Magazine, the study from authors at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, American Bird Conservancy and other wildlife research centers across North America, evaluated the decline of individuals in different species.

Mike Parr, president of the American Bird Conservancy and co-author of the study, told NBC the loss signals impending ecological decline.

"We’re making the wrong moves now to sustain nature for the future, and this is an indication that nature is unraveling and that ecosystems are highly stressed,” Parr told NBC. “Our generation is going survive it, and probably the next generation will, but who knows where the tipping point is.”

Grassland birds, like American sparrows and western meadowlarks, and shorebirds, including green herons, have seen the greatest loss, NBC reported.

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