U.S. bird populations in decline, report says

Secretary of the Interior calls government agencies and the public to action

By Solmaz Barazesh, 15:21 PM March 19, 2009

A review of bird populations in the United States was released March 19 by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. Nearly a third of the United States’ 800 bird species are endangered, threatened or in significant decline, the new report shows.

Bird populations are critical indicators of the health of our environment — “like the canary in the coal mine,” Salazar said at a press conference.

The report, called The U.S. State of the Birds, combines 40 years of studies from government agencies...

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