The Canary is dying; we should all be concerned!
Partners In Flight (PIF) is not a fly by night operation and is made up of governments, naturalists and industry. “PIF estimates that breeding landbird populations have been reduced by over a billion individuals since 1970” and states early on that this is: “a foreboding indicator that the health of ecosystems upon which we all depend is being degraded.” “PIF estimates that breeding landbird populations have been reduced by over a billion individuals since 1970”
Page 13 is interesting, there you’ll learn that in North America 2,600,000,000 (that’s 2.6 billion!) birds are lost to cats each year; 624,000,000 to buildings; 214,000,000 to cars and 51,000,000 to hydro lines.
The report gives a few more reasons in the introduction; “Birds and their habitats face unprecedented threats from climate change, poorly planned urban growth, unsustainable agriculture and forestry, and a widespread decline in habitat quantity and quality. The spectacle of bird migration is being diminished by direct mortality as every year millions of birds die from anthropogenic sources. As documented in this Plan, nearly 20% of U.S. and Canadian land bird species are on a path towards endangerment and extinction in the absence of conservation action.”
Due, no doubt, to the inclusive nature of the partners there is little to no challenge of the societal paradigm which allowed us to arrive in such a perilous state and thus no thought of any other than bandage solutions.
The first half deals with broad problems and the second half analyzes them region by region. Yours is there, so look it up!
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