to quote my friend tom: “it sure is fun living in the end times.”
Last week, the Audubon Society released a new report describing the sharp and startling population decline of some of the most familiar and common birds in America: several kinds of sparrows, the Northern bobwhite, the Eastern meadowlark, the common grackle and the common tern. The average decline of the 20 species in the Audubon Societyâ€™s report is 68 percent.
Forty years ago, there were an estimated 31 million bobwhites. Now there are 5.5 million. Compared to the hundred-some condors presently in the wild, 5.5 million bobwhites sounds like a lot of birds. But what matters is the 25.5 million missing and the troubles that brought them down â€” and are all too likely to bring down the rest of them, too. So this is not extinction, but it is how things look before extinction happens.
Millions of Missing Birds, Vanishing in Plain Sight – New York Times