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State of the Birds 2022

NACBI: “The United States and Canada have lost 3 billion breeding birds since 1970—a loss of 1 in 4 birds, according to research published in Science in 2019. This steep decline in abundance can be reversed with new scales of conservation actions that benefit not only birds but also wildlife and people. When birds thrive, we all win. The State of the Birds 2022 report sounds an alarm about steep population losses in virtually all habitats.The loss of 3 billion birds is an urgent biodiversity crisis that requires action. And the returns on helping birds will extend well beyond birds. Bird conservation offers bold opportunities for locally led, voluntary efforts that will protect, connect, and restore our lands and waters. Actions and initiatives to bring back birds can also play a role in achieving national goals for broader biodiversity protection, climate resilience, and environmental justice—all while staying true to the principles of benefitting all people, strengthening economies, using science as a guide, honoring Tribal sovereignty, and empowering private landowners as conservation drivers. The bottom line is that bird conservation benefits everybody: wildlife, people, entire ecosystems, and Planet Earth.

  • Three Billion Birds Lost
  • 1 in 4 breeding birds have been lost from the United States and Canada in the past 50 years.
  • 70 Tipping Point Species in the United States
  • These 70 species have collectively lost 2/3 of their populations in the past 50 years, and are on track to lose another 50% in the next 50 years.
  • Downward Trends Across the Board – Birds across the U.S. show downward trends in every habitat except in wetlands, where comebacks of waterfowl show the power of funding and policy investments.”

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