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Full-Life-Cycle Bird Conservation Requires Full-Life-Cycle Research

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As humans increasingly populate and affect the Earth, some bird populations have been seriously declining, for a variety of reasons. From the 1800s through the 1940s, market hunters killed many flocks of passenger pigeons, each with millions of birds, and the original populations of wild turkeys in the East. Other hunters killed millions of egrets to put their feathers on lady’s hats; landowners cleared most of the habitat of the ivory-billed woodpecker; and farmers filled in many of the prairie potholes used by millions of migratory waterfowl. It`s a sad litany of extinction.

View the June 2014 Research Review (2.6 MB PDF)

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Jane Hodgins
Public Affairs Specialist
USDA Forest Service - Northern Research Station
1992 Folwell Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108


Last modified: June 15, 2014