State of the Birds

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John Cassady

State of the Birds

Birds are important indicators of the overall health of our environment. Like the proverbial canaries in the coal mine, they send an urgent warning about threats to our water, air, natural resources, climate and more.

Audubon's State of the Birds reports provide a picture of how the continental U.S.' birds - both common and rare - are faring. They bring together population data from our Christmas Bird Count - the longest running wildlife census in the world, the U.S. Geological Survey's Breeding Bird Survey and other wildlife and habitat research to highlight population declines and explore the threats behind them. A new series of State of the Birds analyses is being launched with June 2007's Common Birds in Decline. Other's will add to the picture periodically. Both new and archived reports are provided below to offer an ongoing picture of the State of the Birds.