2011 State of the Birds report highlight public lands, climate-change threats
Oceanic birds and birds that rely on coastal habitat face challenges related to climate change, according to the 2011 State of the Birds report. PHOTO BY BOB BERWYN.
SUMMIT COUNTY — A quarter of all bird species living in the United State are imperiled or in decline, according to the 2011 State of the Birds report from the U.S. Department of Interior.
This year’s report focuses on public lands, pointing that, of the more than 1,000 bird species living in the country, 251 are federally listed as threatened, endangered or as species of conservation concern.
“The State of the Birds report is a measurable indicator of how well we are fulfilling our shared role as stewards of our nation’s public lands and waters,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a release. “Although we have made enormous progress in conserving habitat on public lands, we clearly have much more work to do. The good news is that because birds so extensively use public lands and waters as habitat, effective management and conservation efforts can make a significant difference in whether these species recover or slide towards extinction.”
Publicly owned lands support at least half of the entire U.S. distributions of more than 300 bird species. The findings indicate tremendous potential for bird conservation, as well as some challenges, including rampant energy development across crucial sagebrush habitat in the West and threats to habitat from declining forests and climate change. (more…)
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