Health Editor’s Note: This statistic should blow your mind….it did mine. That is at least 3 billion birds, dead. This figure reflects the poor state of our earth. Orinthologist Roger Tory Peterson was not wrong when he called birds an ecological litmus paper. Here we offer various habitat situations, grow plantings that birds can use for food, and enjoy keeping the bird feeders stocked with black oil sunflower seeds, suet feeders and as mentioned previously, the humming bird feeders full. Yes, a few hummers are still here and still using the feeders as well as the butterfly bushes, trumpet blooms, hibiscus blooms and whatever else they can find to stick their long beaks into. In return our immediate world is full of colorful life….Carol
North America Has Lost Nearly 3 Billion Birds Since 1970
by Rachael Lallensack Smithsonian.com
It’s hard to imagine a place in the world where you can’t find a bird—a place where you can’t look to the sky and see one flying overhead, or see one hop across the sidewalk, or close your eyes and hear at least one singing its song.
Take the Red Knot, a shoreline bird that migrates to the Delaware Bay in summer to indulge on horseshoe crab eggs until it’s fat enough to fly all the way to the Arctic Circle to breed. Or consider the Baltimore Oriole, a songbird that breeds in summer from Louisiana up along the U.S. East Coast and into Central Canada, then spends its winters in the Caribbean, across Central America and down to the northern regions of South America.
Birds thrive in grasslands, deserts, mountains, forests, tundra and along the oceans’ coasts. But the skies have grown more silent in recent decades. Since 1970, North America has lost more than 2.9 billion birds, according to a study published today in the journal Science. In less than half a century, the avian population of the continent has declined by some 29 percent, or more than one in four birds.