Where Birds of a Feather Do Their Flocking

By Susan Aiello • Published: February 1st, 2012
Category: Animal Airwaves

We know that birds of a feather flock together. But a new “state of the birds” report tells us where they do their flocking.

The report was based on a survey of the nearly 1 billion acres of land and 4 million square miles of water that comprise public property in the United States.

The findings suggest that wetlands have been a clear conservation success, with many avian species more than doubling their numbers. But desert and marine habitats have seen declining numbers.

The report also shows that publicly owned forests and arctic environments are home to large numbers of birds, and that the Hawaiian Islands represent an especially unique habitat for many endangered species.

Good management of these areas may spell the difference between survival and extinction for many of our feathered friends.