We can bend the curve to bring birds back
The United States and Canada have lost 3 billion breeding birds since 1970 — a loss of 1 in 4 birds, according to research published in Science in 2019. This precipitous decline in abundance could be reversed with new scales of conservation efforts that benefit not only birds, but also wildlife and people . When birds thrive, we all win.
Action needed – 70 bird species are at a tipping point
The State of the Birds 2022 report sounds the alarm about significant population losses in virtually all habitats . The report identifies 70 Tipping Point species that have lost half or more of their breeding population since 1970 and will lose another half or more in the next 50 years.
So let’s help birds before they’re endangered – before they need extra funding, protection and decades of work to bring back. Proactive conservation is the fastest and most effective strategy, and our best chance for success is now.
Bird protection benefits everyone
The loss of 3 billion birds is an urgent biodiversity crisis that requires action. And the return on helping birds will extend far beyond birds. Bird conservation offers bold opportunities for locally-led, voluntary efforts that will protect, connect and restore our lands and waters.
Bird-returning actions and initiatives can also play a role in achieving national goals for broader biodiversity protection, climate resilience and environmental justice – all while staying true to the principles of benefiting all people, strengthening economies, using science as a guide, honoring tribal sovereignty and empowering private landowners as conservation drivers. The bottom line is that bird conservation benefits everyone: wildlife, people, entire ecosystems, and planet Earth.