Birder's Guide

MAY 2014

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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33 May 2014 | Birder's Guide to Conservation & Community populations have decreased by 12% since 1970. The most dramatic declines oc- curred among three groups of birds in par- ticular: grassland birds, aerial insectivores, and shorebirds—especially Arctic-nesting shorebirds. These groups have all declined by more than 40%, with some species' populations declining by more than 90%. Fortunately, it wasn't all bad news, as two groups of birds—raptors and waterfowl— showed promising increases over the past 40 years as a result of conservation efforts. There is a great deal of work to be done. For BSC and our partners, the report high- lights emerging priorities for strategic research, recovery planning, and imple- mentation. This article provides a selec- tive overview of the types of programs BSC operates, but it's not the complete picture. Also, new programs, approaches, and tech- nologies will change our understanding of bird conservation issues and our options for addressing them. Real progress will only be possible through large-scale cooperation—and not just among governments, research insti- tutions, and conservation organizations. Broader public understanding of the issues and a groundswell of support for conserva- tion are essential if we are to make a dif- ference. We can all play a part by sharing our love of birds and by spreading the word about why everyone should care about healthy bird populations and ecosystems. To learn more about Bird Studies Canada, please visit our website . You can also follow @BirdStudiesCan on Twitter or connect with us on Facebook . The author is grate- ful to several BSC staff, and especially Elaine Secord, for contributions to this article. 4-Canada2.indd 33 5/22/14 7:51 PM

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