Thursday, February 08, 2007

Top 20 most threatened habitats

American Bird Conservancy recently released a 48-page report, "Top 20 Most Threatened Bird Habitats in the United States." It identifies threats, lists species of high conservation concern in each habitat and offers solutions to restore lost habitat.

“Millions of Americans love to watch birds, whether on organized outings or in their own backyards,” said George Fenwick, ABC president. “Without action to conserve these dwindling habitats, there will be fewer and fewer bird species for everyone to enjoy.”

The top 5 habitats are
1. Hawaiian forests
2. open ocean/sea bird nesting islands
3. sagebrush (Wash., Ore., Idaho, Mont., Wyo. and Nevada)
4. Edwards Plateau savannah (central Texas)
5. Southwest riparian (Ariz., N.M,, Calif., Nevada and Texas)

Does one of the remaining 15 habitats occur around or near you?


Blogger janet said...

Coastal beaches and marshes is #7 on the list. I would have thought that the rising sea-level on one side combined with development pressure on the other side would put beaches in the top 5.

February 09, 2007 2:40 PM  

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