• Where Are My Birds?

    28 days ago - By Ornithology

    Regularly I get emails asking why there are fewer birds in one's backyard this year, or why there are fewer blackbirds, or why hummingbirds are not coming to their feeders, or something like that. The answer is complicated.
    First of all, there are about 3 billion fewer breeding birds in the U.S. and Canada since 1970. This was based on a study of 529 bird species in 2019, published in Science. That's a lot of birds, about 30 percent of the entire North American population outside of Mexico. The greatest losses were among grassland birds which declined by 53%, or 700 million birds...
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