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State of the Birds 2013

The fourth State of the Birds report highlights the enormous contributions private landowners make to bird and habitat conservation, and state-of-the-birds-report-coveropportunities for increased contributions. Roughly 60% of the land area in the United States (1.43 billion acres) is privately owned by millions of individuals, families, organizations, and corporations, including 2 million ranchers and farmers and about 10 million woodland owners. More than 100 species have 50% or more of their U.S. breeding distributions on private lands.

Birds are important indicators of the health of our environment. To assess bird populations and conservation opportunities on private lands across the nation, the State of the Birds report combined the latest eBird distribution data with land ownership data from the Protected Areas Database of the U.S. As in past reports, the report focused on species dependent on a single primary habitat, or habitat obligates.

The results emphasize the high dependence on private lands among grassland, wetland, and eastern forest birds, with important conservation opportunities existing in all habitats. Many conservation programs available to private landowners offer win-win opportunities to implement land management practices that benefit birds and landowners. The success stories highlighted in the report demonstrate that voluntary private landowner efforts can yield real and meaningful bird conservation results.

Working cooperatively with private landowners is a central theme of ISC-Audubon. That is why ISC-Audubon has created the John James Audubon Conservation Network and the Audubon Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary Program for landowners. ISC-Audubon is looking to greatly expand its network of certified bird sanctuaries over the next year.

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Simple Actions Go a Long Way

As our daily lives seem busier than ever, most of us can get overwhelmed by being told of changes that we can make in the way we live in our daily environments.  If each person just changed a few things, we would all make a huge impact on reducing carbon emissions and excess waste.  We can all collectively help produce a change in the way that many large companies do business. We have seen it with organic produce and other more natural organic groceries. Ten years ago we did not see as much organic produce and other organic, healthier groceries available in the larger grocery chain stores.  People have demanded healthier options. The more options that are available, the more affordable and accessible these options become, but try not to get burned out by it all... The problem with 'Green Fatigue; What is it?

Fewer Americans are integrating green behavior such as water conservation, composting, recycling electronics and buying fuel efficient cars, according to a recent poll conducted by Harris Interactive.
   
Harris Interactive conducted a poll of 2,352 U.S. adults and found:

  • 57 percent of Americans are trying to use less water, down from 60 percent in 2009.
  • 15 percent of Americans are buying organic products, down from 17 percent a year ago.
  • 30 percent are buying Energy Star appliances, down from 36 percent a year ago.
  • 32 percent are donating or recycling electronics, down from 41 percent a year ago.
  • 20 percent are installing a low-flow showerhead or toilet, down from 25 percent a year ago.
  • 8 percent are buying a hybrid or more fuel efficient car, down from 13 percent in 2009


With those results, it’s worth pondering a few reasons why there’s a drop-off. Here are a few theories worth pondering:

  • Greenwashing. Is there a product that isn’t green these days. When every manufacturer or service provider is pitching green as a marketing pitch, Americans tune out. Simply put, it’s green overload - we've all become green fatigued!
  • Return on being green. Money is tight and some green behaviors—notably purchasing organic products—are more expensive.
  • The global warming research flap. We’re not going to get into the merits of the science behind global warming, but there has been enough controversy to make folks tune out.
  • We’re already green. One key item in the Harris Poll is that 20 percent of U.S. adults now see themselves as conservationists, up from 17 percent in 2009. Eighteen percent of Americans consider themselves green, up from 13 percent a year ago.    

More on these results:

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