The Nature Conservancy has released the 2012 Avian Monitoring Annual Report for Kansas. This year’s report shows that severe drought conditions continue to negatively affect bird populations across the state. Breeding bird populations, in particular, are in significant decline. The combination of high temperatures and low humidity has resulted in fewer live eggs. These weather conditions also impact the availability of the insects that fledgling birds rely on for survival. Because birds are important indicators of changes in the natural landscape, The Nature Conservancy began monitoring avian populations in Kansas in 2006 with a focus on vulnerable groups like neotropical migrants, grassland birds, and freshwater marsh birds.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.
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