The State of the Birds Report - 2014 United States of America

Oct. 5, 2014
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“State of the Birds” Report Assesses the Health of the Nation’s Birds
The Good News: Conservation Efforts Work When Applied
The Bad News: Populations Are Down in Many Key Habitats

Cover artwork: Stef den Ridder, Cornell Lab of Ornithology Bartels Science Illustration Intern

For release: September 9, 2014
Washington, D.C.—One hundred years after the extinction of the passenger pigeon, the nation’s 
top bird science and conservation groups have come together to publish The State of the Birds 
2014—the most comprehensive review of long-term trend data for U.S. birds ever conducted. 
The authors call the results unsettling. The report finds bird populations declining across several 
key habitats, and it includes a “watch list” of bird species in need of immediate conservation 
help. The report also reveals, however, that in areas where a strong conservation investment has 
been made, bird populations are recovering.