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Birds are excellent environmental indicators, and are important to people in many ways.

Photo: Peter Ferguson
Bird Banding Demostration

Why Birds Matter

Birds are fascinating and inspiring. They enhance our communities and our lives.

Birds also provide essential services such as pollinating plants, dispersing seeds, and helping control insects.

And birds are very important indicators of change. Studying birds is a great way to understand the overall health of ecosystems and the environment.

The decline of a single species is a tragedy in itself, but can also indicate larger causes for concern. Monitoring and early detection of bird declines is critical in determining priorities for conservation action.

Monitoring and conserving bird populations and their habitats supports a healthy environment for every living thing – including us!


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