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Audubon Meeting Will Focus on Declining Bird Species

Audubon Meeting Will Focus on Declining Bird Species

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society's October meeting will feature a presentation about declining bird populations in the U.S.
The speaker will be Greg Butcher, Director of Bird Conservation for the National Audubon Society.
He will discuss National Audubon's latest "State of the Birds" report and the organization's "Watch List" of species that are declining in number.
The meeting will be held at 7:00pm October 8 at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center on Shepherd Grade Road, just north of Shepherdstown. It will be held in Room 161 of the Center's Instructional West Building.
The program is free and anyone is welcome to attend.
The National Audubon Society's research indicates that 20 common American birds have lost more than half their populations over the past 40 years.
One of the most dramatic declines is in the population of northern bobwhite quail, which has dropped an estimated 82 percent over the period-from 31 million to 5.5 million. Other species on the list of diminishing bird populations include the field sparrow, ruffed grouse, common grackle and rufous hummingbird.
The Society cites many reasons for these declines, including changes in farming practices, other loss of habitat, pesticide use, the spread of invasive species, and global warming.
The Society is promoting a variety of legislative actions to deal with these problems but also encourages individual landowners to do their part by taking steps to improve wildlife habitat.
These steps can be as simple as not cutting down flowers in the fall, so their seeds will be available as a food source through the winter.
More cultivation of native plant species is also very helpful, the Society says.
For more information about this aspect of the National Audubon Society's work see the "State of the Birds" section of the Society's website at stateofthebirds.audubon.org.
For more information about the October 8 program or the Potomac Valley Audubon Society contact Peter Smith at 304-876-1139 or pvsmith@frontiernet.net.
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is a nonprofit organization, and is a member of the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle and the Combined Federal Campaign.

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