Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day

Celebrate birds on International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD), typically the second Saturday in May (tomorrow).  For a review of the event and lists of sites near you that recognize this day see: http://www.birdday.org/

One sobering yet stimulating document that you might want to read in honor of IMBD is the recently released report from the U.S. Dept. of Interior called The State of the Birds – a pdf version is available at: http://www.stateofthebirds.org/pdf_files/State_of_the_Birds_2009.pdf

This figure is from The State of the Birds report:

Species of Conservation Concern

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For seabirds, the main group of birds affected by oil spills, 39% of species are declining, 37% stable,  12% increasing, and too few data exist on 12%. Threats to ocean birds include fishing bycatch, pollution, problems on breeding grounds, and food supplies altered by rising ocean temperatures.

– Nils

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