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National Audubon Society Announces Some Birds Are on the Decline

The National Audubon Society announced Thursday that there's been a seventy percent decline in American common birds over the last forty years. Audubon Society studies show declines in natural bird habitats as well as global warming are to blame for this decline. KSMU's Joe Morgan explains what's happening in Missouri.

According to the National Audubon society, there are over 20 species of common birds that have declined at least 50% over the past 40 years. None of the birds are in danger of extinction but birds that were once all around are scarce. Executive Director of Audubon Missouri, Bruce Carr says many factors have contributed to the decline.

The bird that's experiencing the biggest decline is the bobwhite quail which Carr says used to be widespread throughout Missouri.

Carr says that if everyone helps to restore bird habitats, it will also have positive effects on other wildlife as well.

The National Audubon Society has a national program of identifying important bird areas. Carr says there are 47 in Missouri.

Carr says that only a few things can be done to save the common birds from declining even more in the years to come.

Carr says that the Audubon Society is asking everyone to be conscious of what is happening to the birds and for everyone to do their part in preserving bird habitats. For more information go to For KSMU News, I'm Joe Morgan.