By 2080, Audubon’s climate model projects this species to lose 78 percent of breeding range and 55 percent of non-breeding range, with almost none of either season’s range remaining stable. The bird’s numbers are currently in decline, largely due to the loss of the open-understory forests they depend on, and its fate may be tied to how climate change affects its already disappearing habitat.
“Our challenge now is to protect the entire ecological fabric, not just individual threads. It’s time to build on the successes of the past century by updating existing revenue streams (the price of a Duck Stamp has not changed since 1991) and expanding the funding base beyond hunter-generated dollars. The 47 million birders in America could be a more powerful source of conservation funding.”—Lessons from the State of the Birds Report 2014
“The strongest finding in The State of the Birds 2014 is simple: conservation works. Ducks fly once again in great numbers up the Mississippi River and across the Chesapeake Bay. California condors are rebounding from just 22 birds to more than 200 today. Bald eagles, brown pelicans, peregrine falcons—all species once headed the way of the passenger pigeon—are now abundant. To prevent future extinctions like the passenger pigeon, the report’s authors point to science, technology and knowledge as the foundation of proactive partner-driven conservation.”—2014 State of the Birds Report
Never mind being a Juke Box Hero, this is sooo much better. Great for folks trying to tackle bird song this season.
“Listen closely to featured songs and match each with the correct spectrogram visualization. You’ll be harnessing the power of the visual brain to help you recognize the unique qualities of each song and commit sound patterns to memory.”
“To some extent I expected a small state like Vermont to dominate a metric like this. In a state with such a small population it wouldn’t take too many dedicated birders to really improve the numbers for their state. What I didn’t expect, however, was that one state would completely lap the rest of the field with a score more than double its next closest competitor.”—~Josh Adams, eBird By the Numbers from The Rare Become Common
So, give that garganey a little extra space, leave the bad-ass goshawk alone to nest, and maybe keep your next sensitive species sighting on the down-low so it doesn’t become the next species of special concern.