The global population of Eastern Meadowlarks has declined by 75 percent since 1970. And the future looks worse. According to a new report, North America stands to lose half of what’s left of meadowlarks before the year 2040.
“Half-lives” is the morbid new metric debuted in a report released by Partners in Flight, a supergroup of 150 bird conservation nonprofits and government agencies throughout the Western Hemisphere.
Coming on the heels of a State of North America’s Birds report that calculated more than a third of the continent’s bird species were in need of urgent conservation action, the half-lives statistic is yet another attempt by ornithologists to quantify and communicate to the public about the ongoing, tremendous loss of birdlife.
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