Buildings, cars and cats take toll on birds
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News of bird troubles received an eerie emphasis in 2014 when biologists marked the 100th anniversary of the death of the last known passenger pigeon.
For the occasion, the slim, coffee-and-cream-colored taxidermy mount of that final pigeon, named Martha, came out of storage at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. (SN: 8/23/14, p. 28). Visitors puzzled anew at how a species once numbering several billion birds vanished in decades.
Readers of the 2014 State of the Birds report from government and private sources may