The Birds Are Vanishing

The birds are vanishing from Portland. It makes sense. Judy has a wonderful garden. She has bird houses. She makes a huge effort to plant native species. But day after day goes by without ever seeing a bird in the garden. It’s kind of spooky.

The Audubon Society did a survey of the Portland region. Here are some of the findings accoding to the Seattle Times:

The meadowlark — the state bird — has nearly vanished as grassland habitat gives way to housing and parking lots.

The rufous hummingbird that winters in Mexico but returns to the wooded Northwest to breed has declined 79 percent in Oregon over the past 40 years. Even the familiar red-breasted robins have declined nearly 3 percent per year in the Portland metro area over the same period.

Development is the obvious culprit. Cats raid nests. Pesticides are widespread, reducing the number of insects that birds eat.

But we can make a difference. Planting native trees and shrubs provide habitiat. Creating refuges for birds helps a lot.

We’ve lost millions of birds in Portland. I’d sure like to see some of them come back if not but anything to find a home in Judy’s beautiful garden.

1 Comment so far

  1. Miz J (unregistered) on June 19th, 2007 @ 10:20 am

    The birds are all at my house, apparently. Y’all are welcome to come and get you some. They wake me up too early.

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