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Bird numbers plunge in U.S. and Canada with people to blame
From grasslands to seashores to forests and backyards, birds are disappearing at an alarming rate in the United States and Canada, with a 29% population drop since 1970 and a net loss of about 2.9 billion birds, scientists said.
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November 26, 2013
A bald eagle returns to its nest after catching a fish at the Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River...
CONOWINGO DAM, UNITED STATES
Bald eagle returns to nest after catching fish at Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River in Maryland
A bald eagle returns to its nest after catching a fish at the Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River in Maryland November 26, 2013. From grasslands to seashores to forests and backyards, birds are disappearing at an alarming rate in the United States and Canada, with a 29% population drop since 1970 and a net loss of about 2.9 billion birds, scientists said. REUTERS/Gary Cameron
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September 24, 2015
A bird sits on thistles at Tommy Thompson Park located on a man-made peninsula known as the Leslie Street...
Toronto, Canada
Wider Image: Earthprints: Leslie St Spit
A bird sits on thistles at Tommy Thompson Park located on a man-made peninsula known as the Leslie Street Spit, in Toronto, August 9, 2015. People are to blame, the researchers said, citing factors including widespread habitat loss and degradation, broad use of agricultural chemicals that eradicate insects vital to the diet of many birds, and even outdoor hunting by pet cats.

"Birds are in crisis," said Peter Marra, director of the Georgetown Environment Initiative at Georgetown University and a co-author of the study published in the journal Science. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
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November 04, 2015
A sparrow takes off from a bird bath filled with fall leaves in a back yard in Toronto November 4, 2015....
Toronto, Canada
A sparrow takes off from a bird bath filled with fall leaves in a back yard in Toronto
A sparrow takes off from a bird bath filled with fall leaves in a back yard in Toronto November 4, 2015. Most of the losses were not among rare species, but common ones across nearly every bird family and all habitats. They included sparrows, swallows, blackbirds, thrushes, finches, warblers and meadowlarks.

Some 90% of the total loss came from just 12 bird families and 19 widespread bird species such as the dark-eyed junco, common grackle and house sparrows. Each of those species lost more than 50 million individuals. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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November 02, 2013
Pelicans silhouetted by a setting sun fly as they look for fish along the California coastline near Leucadia,...
LEUCADIA, UNITED STATES
Pelicans silhouetted by a setting sun fly as they look for fish along the California coastline near Leucadia,...
Pelicans silhouetted by a setting sun fly as they look for fish along the California coastline near Leucadia, California November 1, 2013. The researchers tracked populations of 529 species using decades of bird counts taken on the ground as well as weather radar data that revealed similar declines in the volume of migratory birds.

Grassland birds were particularly hard hit, with a 53% reduction in population, amid agricultural intensification.

Shorebirds, reliant on sensitive coastal habitats, sustained a 37% drop. Most shorebirds are migratory and experienced habitat degradation and destruction in many locales where they migrate. In addition, many shorebirds breed in Arctic regions rapidly warming due to climate change. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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September 24, 2015
Ring-billed fulls gather at Tommy Thompson Park located on a man-made peninsula known as the Leslie Street...
Toronto, Canada
Wider Image: Earthprints: Leslie St Spit
Ring-billed fulls gather at Tommy Thompson Park located on a man-made peninsula known as the Leslie Street Spit, in Toronto June 24, 2015. The researchers documented a steep decline for migratory birds. They noted broad declines among birds that migrate to the tropics, where there have been devastating rates of habitat loss and degradation. Migrating birds also face threats at their stopover sites and on their North American breeding grounds.

The researchers said other studies have documented worrisome bird population losses in other parts of the world. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
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January 01, 2008
Thousands of Common Grackle birds fly over downtown Waco and the Alico Building after sunset in Texas...
Waco, UNITED STATES
Thousands of Common Grackle birds fly over downtown Waco after sunset in Texas
Thousands of Common Grackle birds fly over downtown Waco and the Alico Building after sunset in Texas December 31, 2007. "Birds are a critical component of many ecosystems. They serve as predators and prey in food webs, disperse seeds, and provide ecosystem services such as eating insect pests. When we lose large amounts of birds, we disturb the entire web of life, which we all depend upon," said study lead author Ken Rosenberg, an applied conservation scientist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the American Bird Conservancy. REUTERS/Larry Downing
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October 29, 2018
A trio of Lesser Yellowlegs shore birds wade in shallow water in Barnstable Harbor in Barnstable, Massachusetts,...
Barnstable, UNITED STATES
A trio of Lesser Yellowlegs shore birds wade in shallow water in Barnstable Harbor in Barnstable
A trio of Lesser Yellowlegs shore birds wade in shallow water in Barnstable Harbor in Barnstable, Massachusetts, October 29, 2018. While climate change was not the major driver of the population plunge, it is likely to exacerbate the existing threats to bird populations, Rosenberg said.

The researchers said the extinction in the early 20th century of the passenger pigeon, once likely the most abundant birds on Earth numbering in the billions, showed that even abundant species can go extinct rapidly. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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October 21, 2014
A bald eagle sits in a tree in the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve near Haines, Alaska October 4, 2014. Some...
HAINES, UNITED STATES
A bald eagle sits in a tree in the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve near Haines, Alaska
A bald eagle sits in a tree in the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve near Haines, Alaska October 4, 2014. Some types of birds showed gains. Banning the pesticide DDT allowed for the resurgence of raptor populations including the bald eagle, the researchers said. Waterfowl management policies including wetland protection and restoration enabled ducks and geese to thrive, they added. REUTERS/Bob Strong
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January 21, 2014
Birds gather on a feeder in falling snow in the New York City suburb of Nyack, New York January 21, 2014....
NYACK, UNITED STATES
Birds gather on a feeder in falling snow in the New York City suburb of Nyack, New York
Birds gather on a feeder in falling snow in the New York City suburb of Nyack, New York January 21, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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December 17, 2016
A cardinal bird sits on tree branches in Riverside, Connecticut, December 17, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees Latif...
Riverside, UNITED STATES
A cardinal bird sits on tree branches in Riverside
A cardinal bird sits on tree branches in Riverside, Connecticut, December 17, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
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March 26, 2018
Sea birds wait for high tide to recede along the ocean in Solana Beach, California, March 26, 2018. REUTERS/Mike...
Solana Beach, UNITED STATES
Sea birds wait for high tide to recede along the ocean in Solano Beach, California,
Sea birds wait for high tide to recede along the ocean in Solana Beach, California, March 26, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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January 21, 2014
A Northern Cardinal sits on a tree branch in falling snow in the New York City suburb of Nyack, New York...
NYACK, UNITED STATES
A Northern Cardinal sits on a tree branch in falling snow in the New York City suburb of Nyack
A Northern Cardinal sits on a tree branch in falling snow in the New York City suburb of Nyack, New York January 21, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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December 19, 2014
Birds are seen flying in Battery Park in the Manhattan borough of New York December 18, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo...
New York, UNITED STATES
Birds are seen flying in Battery Park in the Manhattan borough of New York
Birds are seen flying in Battery Park in the Manhattan borough of New York December 18, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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February 22, 2014
A Mute Swan paddles in the Muscoot Reservoir in Katonah, New York, February 19, 2014. REUTERS/Eduardo...
KATONAH, UNITED STATES
Mute Swan paddles in the Titicus Reservoir in Purdys, New York
A Mute Swan paddles in the Muscoot Reservoir in Katonah, New York, February 19, 2014. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
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December 22, 2017
A flock of birds fly past the Marine One helicopter with President Donald Trump aboard, as he returns...
Washington, UNITED STATES
A flock of birds fly past the Marine One helicopter as U.S. President Trump returns to the White House...
A flock of birds fly past the Marine One helicopter with President Donald Trump aboard, as he returns to the White House after a visit to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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January 21, 2012
A Red-bellied Woodpecker perches on a suet feeder during a winter storm in the village of Nyack, New...
NYACK, UNITED STATES
A Red-bellied Woodpecker perches on a suet feeder during a winter storm in the village of Nyack
A Red-bellied Woodpecker perches on a suet feeder during a winter storm in the village of Nyack, New York, January 21, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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December 04, 2017
A seagull flies above the fog-shrouded skyline of New York City, as the sun rises in New York, December...
New York, UNITED STATES
A seagull flies above the fog-shrouded skyline of New York City, as the sun rises in New York
A seagull flies above the fog-shrouded skyline of New York City, as the sun rises in New York, December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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