Statement from Audubon:
The State of the Birds 2014Earlier this month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Audubon, and other partners released the 2014 State of the Birds report. The report uses birds as indicators of ecosystem health by examining populations trends of many birds in a variety of habitats including grasslands, forests, wetlands, as well as birds on our oceans and coasts. The report contains a watch list of the 230 species of birds most in need of immediate conservation action. You can view the entire report at www.stateofthebirds.org.
Learning lessons from the 100-year anniversary of the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon, the report makes recommendations supported by Audubon to increase funding for a suite of programs including the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act and the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, and funding for other conservation programs managed by the federal government like the Land and Water Conservation Fund, Joint Ventures, and policies that reduce the impacts of climate change to help birds adapt.