Kansas 2012 Avian Report
Analazying the health and habitat of bird populations
Kansas | July 18, 2012
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.
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