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1 in 8 bird species threatened with extinction world wide.

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The main culprits are unsustainable agriculture and climate change.

how long before someone responds suggesting this is simply natural selection... "survival of the fittest"! That there is no problem here... cause... adaptation rules!!!

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how long before someone responds suggesting this is simply natural selection... "survival of the fittest"! That there is no problem here... cause... adaptation rules!!!

How about: 99% of all species that have ever existed have gone extinct, so nothing to see here! Where are you TimG???

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It's not the issue of extinctions that should concern us; it's the rate of extinctions due to mankind's activities.

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It's not the issue of extinctions that should concern us; it's the rate of extinctions due to mankind's activities.

This is the perspective that is needed.

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I'd say that 7 out of 8 bird species not being threatened is a pretty good percentage.

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I'd say that 7 out of 8 bird species not being threatened is a pretty good percentage.

You need a perspective scale, there are thousands of bird species. 1 in 8 is close to 15 % of all bird species is a very significant number.

Bee populations in decline, bird population in decline, something is going on with our environment.

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I've read that a big threat to birds is - cats. Seriously.

At any rate, I agree that cutting down forests and replacing them with new species of plants is going to have an effect, and it stands to reason that it's a negative effect. I don't think most people care, though; especially if it's happening outside of their/our 'world,' such as it is. So we will, ultimately, all pay the price - because a loss is a loss, it's as simple as that. Furthermore, if everything has a place and purpose in nature, in our world, there could be side effects that we are not yet aware of - and some that we are, but refuse to acknowledge/take seriously.

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God post AW... agree 100%.

It's a very poor mentality when when people don't care about conservation of species. I don't understand it. It might be a bit of a generational thing. Hopefully, as young people get older this mentality will go away and something more will be done for conservation of species and the environment in general.

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All species cannot be preserved forever. Habitat destruction and extinctions are naturally occurring events.

That's why they are called...fossil fuels! :D

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I've read that a big threat to birds is - cats. Seriously.

Correct!

Apparently to the tune of 1.4 to 3.7Billion a year

{housecats and feral cats)

Thats a lot of birds....and also just the US . So I guess we are 140M to 370M a year.

Edited by Guyser2

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I've read that a big threat to birds is - cats. Seriously.

What kinds of cats? Over populated domesticated cats we humans have taken on as pets? Or can we count wildlife as well?

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What kinds of cats? Over populated domesticated cats we humans have taken on as pets? Or can we count wildlife as well?

House and feral cats of the kitty cat gender. I doubt Lynx and Cougars are big bird eaters.

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What kinds of cats? Over populated domesticated cats we humans have taken on as pets? Or can we count wildlife as well?

Both if you consider feral cats, born in the wild, as wild cats since they are not pets.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service funded a three-year study by the Smithsonian's Conservation Biology Institute to estimate the number of birds killed by predators, chemicals and by striking windows and wind generators.

They're interested because about a third of the 800-some species of birds in the United States are endangered, threatened or in significant decline, according to the American Bird Conservancy.

It turns out tabby is the biggest culprit.

Everyone knew cats were natural predators, but researchers were shocked by the carnage recorded by cameras attached to 60 cats turned loose during a 2012 University of Georgia study.

The issue is controversial, of course. There are 84 million pet cats in the United States in addition to 30 million to 80 million feral cats, and not everyone is a cat lover.

http://www.mccookgazette.com/story/1936365.html

Edited by American Woman

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We've noticed a big decline in the number of song birds in our area over the past 20 years or so. Spring mornings used to be alive with singing birds around our home. Not so much any more. The variety of different birds using our feeders in winter has also declined.

I think a lot of it had to do with the increased number of cats prowling our neighbourhood.

Edited by Wilber

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Where I live, there are a lot less cats prowling around the neighborhood; more and more, cats are becoming either indoor pets or they are put on leashes. Cats used to roam all over when I was young; now it's rare to see a cat wandering about, and when we do see it, we assume it's lost or homeless.

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Where I live, there are a lot less cats prowling around the neighborhood; more and more, cats are becoming either indoor pets or they are put on leashes. Cats used to roam all over when I was young; now it's rare to see a cat wandering about, and when we do see it, we assume it's lost or homeless.

Wish that were true here.

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Wish that were true here.

I don't blame you. I don't know why dogs are required to be under control while cats aren't. As far as I know, Delaware is the only state that requires cats, as well as dogs, to be kept indoors or on leashes, but it is definitely the trend where I live.

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