3 Billion Fewer Wild Birds Than 1970

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  1. rockon1

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    At least the raptor population has grown significantly! After DDT was banned the Osprey, hawks, eagles have rebounded nicely...oh and theres about 5 million too many deer around here too.
     
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    What's the solution?
     
  3. Juneaumike

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    This is terrible news and I am going to overreact to it immediately. Mark my words, my entire life will change as a result of this story that you've shared with us. And I'm going to bully my friends and neighbors until they change as well.

    Thank you citizen. Thank you for finally giving me a reason to act!

    ... Don't know about you but It kinda blows me away why we are not terribly ashamed of being a human. being.
     
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    What I've read indicates that warblers and finches have shown the greatest declines, and raptors (eagles, hawks, etc) have actually increased -- which info supports your point. And migratory birds have seen large losses as well.
     
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  5. Okra

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    Ah, but as humans expand into new areas, so do cats!
     
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    I saw a dozen or so fly into the mirrored 5 story building I worked in a few years back. That's probably in the windows category. I drove my wife's old Mini Cooper not far from the beach & got dive bombed by a seagull. It flew straight into the grill, splayed out on to the hood & flopped over the car. Left a white "firebird" type imprint on the hood. Are birds suicidal?
     
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  7. Tone_Terrific

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    we have about 3 billion extra people as compensation.:rolleyes:
     
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  8. 100JH

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    I heard the UK has a lot of great Birds
     
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  9. SteveO

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    And the birds packed up and moved away from the congestion.
     
  10. archey

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    I've been thinking about changing careers. Bird counter sounds pretty chill.
     
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    Don't even talk about the pestilence of geese. Open seasons now in some areas. Basically, now at nuisance levels.
     
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  12. Okra

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    Then You need to associate with the counter culture.
     
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    My favorite restuarant used to offer steak and quail occasionally. Now that I think about it, it has been probably 10 years since I have seen it offered.
     
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    So that's what that means. That's why I come here. I learn something new everyday.
     
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    I live in Cook County (home to Chicago!) where people are encouraged to support feral cats as a means of rat control. Studies show: 1) cats are bad at rat control, 2) cats take out billions of native birds, mammals and reptiles, 3) cats are the third biggest culprit of bird declines after habitat loss and modern buildings.
     
  16. paulbearer

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    Actually 4.

    Global population:
    1970: 3,700,000,000
    2019: 7,700,000,000

    I'm surprised there are *any* f'n birds left.
     
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  17. sundog964

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    This is from 1970 until now. How do we know that the problem isn’t the driest ruction of farms and orchards that is the problem? Cats and cities are a small fraction of habitat. The California Central Valley was a desert until we created a verdant farm land of it.

    The thing I dislike about many studies like these is they tend to be very isolated in the analyses.

    I have noticed that we have many more crows, vultures and hummingbirds than we used to in the Bay Area.
     
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  18. ShredSquatch

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    Based on what we learned in the UFO thread... do you think we need a study to show they could be running into cloaked/invisible UF0's and dying?

    Interesting article... I'm another thinking fewer birds has to do with more people.
    Also, I really enjoy bird watching on hikes at Radnor Lake here. If any of you visit you should definitly make that a stop!

    ~ss
     
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    Yeah, especially when the humans won't let us take care of the feral cat problem. Eliminate the feral cats and the birds, and rabbits, and squirrels will come back.
     
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    ...and the Rats.
     
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    Ive noticed lately that there's a lot less bird crap on my car
     
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