Since the end of World War II there has been a decline in forest songbird populations over much of the eastern United States.

For millennia, birds have served as one of humankind's most important early-warning systems. Birds have helped to predict the change of seasons, the coming of storms, the presence of land when at sea, and have indicated the rise of toxic levels of pollution in the food chain. Now birds are telling us that something is terribly wrong in the environment. More than 50 percent of Neotropical migrant species monitored in the eastern U.S. and prairie states have been in decline for the last 30 years. Scientists now think the decline of these Neotropical songbirds is due, in large part, to habitat destruction caused by rapid rates of population growth both in the U.S. and beyond our borders.

Declining, with percentage of
decrease in last 25 years
Forest Birds
Band-tailed Pigeon 56%
Cerulean Warbler 51
Olive-sided Flycatcher 48
Wood Thrush 41
Eastern Wood-pewee 34
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 29
Shrubland Birds
Brewer's Sparrow 66%
Lark Sparrow 59
Lark Bunting 56
Golden-winged Warbler 47
Bell's Vireo 45
Orchard Oriole 29
Grassland Birds
Grasshopper Sparrow 71%
Dickcissel 36
Bobolink 25

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“The Visual Arts have become increasingly linked to the humanities. This trend is a mistake and that mistake has had consequences deleterious to the seriousness with which the arts are taken.” MARJORIE GARBER Director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual


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“The Visual Arts have become increasingly linked to the humanities. This trend is a mistake and that mistake has had consequences deleterious to the seriousness with which the arts are taken.” MARJORIE GARBER Director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University.

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