2010 State of the Birds Report Released
Climate change threatens to further imperil hundreds of bird species already under stress from habitat loss, invasive species, and other environmental threats, according to the 2010 State of the Birds report, released by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on March 11.
The report is the nation’s first assessment of the vulnerability of nearly 800 species to climate change, which has the potential to disrupt birds in all habitats, with seabirds and Hawaiian birds especially vulnerable. “Birds are excellent indicators of the health of our environment, and right now they are telling us an important story about climate change,” said Kenneth Rosenberg, director of Conservation Science at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. “Many species of conservation concern will face heightened threats, giving us an increased sense of urgency to protect and conserve vital bird habitat.”
The analysis was conducted by a team of scientists from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, and other leading conservation and wildlife organizations. The report is at www.stateofthebirds.org.
Great Backyard Bird Count Wrap-Up
Bird watchers set a new record in the Great Backyard Bird Count. The 13th annual event, held in February, took in more than 97,200 checklists, tallying over 600 species from across the United States and Canada. Visit www.birdcount.org for a summary of this year’s highlights. Thanks to all who took the time to join the fun! The GBBC is sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, with Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada.
New Online Resource
The Natural Resources Defense Council and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology have launched an interactive online community for conservation-minded bird enthusiasts to connect with one another about the issues they care about. Check out the photos, blog posts, Q&A, and more at WeLoveBirds.org.
Pledge Your Support for Birds
The Cornell Lab’s birding teams are gearing up for the World Series of Birding on May 15. Team Sapsucker, sponsored by Swarovski, will spend 24 hours birding across New Jersey, trying to tally the most species. Our student team, the Redheads, will try to repeat last year’s win in the Cape May County division. All the money raised goes into bird conservation programs at the Lab and to support undergraduate research. To learn more about the teams, make your pledge, and follow them on Facebook, visit
Nests on coffee shop signs, in bathrooms, on fake owls set up to scare birds away! In 2009, the Cornell Lab’s Celebrate Urban Birds gave people a mission: go outside and look for funky nests in funky places. And that’s what nearly 600 people did. Visit www.celebrateurbanbirds.org to see the results and learn how to enter this year’s Funky Nests in Funky Places challenge, sponsored by Kaytee.
European Starling nest by Paul Dvorchak
A sampling of photos from last year, shows nests of three different species on grills. Other categories included nests in signs, nests on ladders, nests on garden implements, and nests that most inconvenience humans.
House Wren nest by Louise Byron
Carolina Wren nest by Glenn Pickett