Date: 9/20/19 6:30 am From: Chris Hobbs <chobbs.f1...> Subject: Re: Birds in the news (population declines)
The human population has DOUBLED in the last 50 years, so this will only get worse.
Mark Robbins and I have had many conversations lamenting the decline since we started birding 50+ years ago. We used to imagine what Lewis & Clark witnessed, but now we reminisce about the 'good old days' of birding in the late 60's and 70's when we are kids. Damn.
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From: Birds & Their Habitats in Kansas <KSBIRD-L...> on behalf of Kenneth Kinman <kinman...>
Sent: Thursday, September 19, 2019 7:47:21 PM
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Subject: Birds in the news (population declines)
An article in Science sparked a flurry of reports today in the media. An overall population decrease of 3 billion since 1970 (29%) is unfortunate, but not really all that surprising given the losses in habitat (for native species in particular).
And among grassland birds, a population decrease of 53% is particularly alarming. The western meadowlark (our state bird) had a population decline of 48% between 1966 and 2015, and eastern meadlowlark declines have been much steeper (77%). The first weblink below goes to an article on the decline of grassland birds.
---------------Ken Kinman (Hays, Kansas)