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Recent bird kills not unusual

January 10, 2011 at 12:12 AM

American Bird Conservancy

Washington, D.C.,—Recent reports of thousands of dead birds falling from the sky in Arkansas, while getting much attention in the press, represent only a tiny fraction of birds killed each year because of human causes, according to American Bird Conservancy, the nation’s leading bird conservation organization.

“There are many human-related causes of bird mortality including buildings, outdoor cats, pesticides, communication towers, automobiles, wind farms and lead poisoning from spent ammunition and lost fishing tackle. But because most of the deaths from those sources often occur in ones or twos, they often go unnoticed or unreported,” said ABC Vice President Mike Parr.

According to Parr, estimates from various studies show that as many as one billion birds may be killed each year in collisions with buildings; another billion may die because of predation by outdoor cats; up to 50 million may die in collisions with communication towers; perhaps 15 million die annually because of pesticide poisoning; and there is growing concern about bird mortality caused by the burgeoning wind industry.

“When you look at the totality of human-caused threats to birds, it has got to give cause for serious concern about our cumulative effects on their populations,” Parr said.

Several threats have been dramatically reduced, but much still needs to be done. For example, thanks to advocacy efforts by ABC and other members of the National Pesticide Reform Coalition, the cancellation or restriction of some of the most toxic pesticides to birds, such as carbofuran, fenthion and ethyl parathion, has reduced bird mortality by as much as 75 percent, yet millions still die as a result of pesticide poisoning each year.

Collisions with buildings could be drastically reduced if technology continues to advance in the development of bird-friendly or bird-safe glass for buildings. Several products have been developed to reduce the incidence of bird impacts, but architects and city planners still need a greater understanding of the problem and the importance of making buildings bird safe.

“Bird-safe building glass is no longer a pie-in-the-sky dream. Its reality is on the horizon – we are close. The manufacturers are working with the scientists; they’re working with us.  And local communities are getting into the act as well, with more and more cities – such as San Francisco – looking at policies that implement bird-friendly construction,” Parr added.

Last Spring, an agreement was reached between ABC and its partners and the telecommunications industry that would dramatically reduce the number of birds killed at communication towers.  If that agreement is accepted by the Federal Communications Commission, new tall towers that pose the highest threat to birds would be subject to a greater level of environmental review – including independent assessment. A preferred standard of lighting styles would also be implemented. Groundbreaking as this agreement is, it does not address the thousands of towers already permitted and built across the American landscape that continue to kill birds.

Efforts continue to reduce the number of birds killed by wind turbines. A key action that will likely be decided in the next few months will involve a decision by the Department of the Interior to implement wind turbine siting and operational guidelines.  ABC believes these guidelines should be made mandatory .

“Voluntary guidelines don’t work.  We wouldn’t expect people to abide by voluntary drinking and driving limits. We can’t expect the wind industry to follow voluntary environmental guidelines either,” Parr said.

American Bird Conservancy (http://www.abcbirds.org) conserves native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas by safeguarding the rarest species, conserving and restoring habitats, and reducing threats while building capacity of the bird conservation movement. ABC is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit membership organization that is consistently awarded a top, four-star rating by the independent group, Charity Navigator.

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“according to American Bird Conservancy, the nation’s leading bird conservation organization”. NOT! Ducks Unlimited is by far the nations leader in bird conservation. They raise more money (with a higher percentage spent on conservation programs than ABC)... DU spent 231 million on conservation last year-ABC spent 4 million; DU has conserved more acres of habitat by about 100 to 1, and DU has more members. I guess any team can cheer “We are #1” at the start of the season and before the game but when all is said and done and the final score comes in, there is only one #1.

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PSO really needs to quit running ABC’s press releases. Remember they are the group that sought to do the end run under the Toxic Substances Act to get the EPA to ban all lead fishing equipment. This ban even included sizes of tackle that birds could not ingest. They have a history of being anti-hunting and spend a lot of money trying to restrict hunting by use of laws such as the Endangered Species Act.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/10 at 07:16 AM

I disagree. This organization has a right to to be heard on PSO. You’ll always have anti-hunting groups in conjuction with pro-hunting groups on a website like this. While not anti-hunting myself any organization that pushes bird conservation is ok in my book.

(and I don’t believe lead belongs in the waterways in any shape or form.)

Walt Lutz

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