Hundreds of bird species are on a track toward extinction. If these species blink out, we’ll have just one species to blame: ours.
A casual observer might not notice, but take a closer look. Across the Americas, fewer birds inhabit our landscapes.
Some familiar birds, like the Wood Thrush, are 50 percent less common than they were 50 years ago. This thrush is just one of dozens of native bird species in the Americas that may face extinction in the next decades, if current trends continue. In fact, across the Western Hemisphere, 12 percent of 4,230 bird species are declining in population and headed for extinction in our lifetimes without immediate conservation action.
No Bird Extinctions Allowed
The situation of the Wood Thrush is dire, but 91 other bird species are much worse off. These are the Alliance for Zero Extinction bird species of the Americas —those found only in a single site and surviving on the edge.
Take Stresemann's Bristlefront of Brazil: This unique, burrow-nesting species numbers fewer than 15 individuals. Hawai'i's Maui Parrotbill has as few as 500 surviving members.
How We Save the Rarest Birds
At ABC, halting extinctions is one of our specialties: the top element in our strategic conservation framework. We do it by creating reserves for the rarest species.
Just as important, we reduce man-made threats like overfishing, glass collisions, and invasive species that bring rare species even closer to extinction.