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Nearly 3 Billion Birds Have Disappeared

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • A net loss of 2.9 billion birds occurred over the last 48 years, with 29% of U.S. and Canadian bird populations having disappeared
  • Significant losses affected not only rare species but more common birds at backyard feeders, such as sparrows, warblers, finches and blackbirds
  • Habitat loss was singled out as the greatest overall driver of bird declines, followed by habitat degradation; pesticides were also mentioned as causing both direct and indirect threats to birds
  • The massive loss of birds, which mirrors similar declines in other creatures, like insects, is a wake-up call that the future of the Green Revolution looks very dark — unless changes are urgently made
  • The light at the end of the tunnel is biodynamic, regenerative agriculture, which is a savior to birds, insects and other species worldwide
  • On an individual level, the best course of action to reduce the harm industrial agriculture and habitat loss is having on birds is to support biodynamic, grass fed farms that are conserving diversity and not relying on synthetic chemicals and other intensive agriculture practices

North American birds are in peril with 29% of U.S. and Canadian bird populations having been lost since 1970. In a finding researchers called "staggering," ornithologists analyzed decades of data from multiple and independent monitoring networks to estimate bird populations.

A net loss of 2.9 billion birds occurred over the last 48 years, including not only rare species but also common birds at backyard feeders, such as sparrows, warblers, finches and blackbirds.


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