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Trust sanctuaries provide vital habitat

You may sense subtle changes in the familiar sounds of common birds in your area. Perhaps you’ve thought there seem to be fewer, or that they’re singing less often or more softly. Sadly, the difference you’re hearing is a sign of tragic loss. A landmark new study released this fall revealed that North America has lost nearly three billion birds in the past fifty years. It’s a staggering loss of 29% overall, and hundreds of species are affected. In fact, a growing number of common bird species are in serious decline. Those that live in and among industrial farmlands are suffering particularly serious losses. Intensive agriculture turns vast expanses of habitat into monocultures. Hedgerows between fields—which once offered useful nesting sites—are stripped away.

Earlier, more frequent mowing causes many ground-nesting birds to be injured and their nests are destroyed, while heavy use of pesticides kills the insects birds need for food. For woodland birds, habitat fragmentation is a major threat. It leaves nests more vulnerable to parasitism and predation, meaning fewer nestlings survive. By supporting humane stewardship of diverse, healthy, undisturbed habitat on Trust sanctuaries, you’re helping common species that are in decline—and all wildlife—to have places where they can still thrive. Common nighthawks are in steep decline, but because of you, they find safe nest sites and migratory rest stops at numerous Trust sanctuaries across the U.S. The northern bobwhite is a common species that is suffering losses of about four percent each year.

You’re protecting fields, native grasslands and open forest habitat appropriate for the northern bobwhite’s year-round use at many Trust sanctuaries throughout the eastern U.S. and much of the central U.S. You’re also helping the wood thrush, one of North America’s most beloved forest songbirds, which has declined by more than 60 percent over the past fifty years. These sensitive ground-nesting birds need mature deciduous or mixed forests with healthy understory trees and bushes, moist soil and decaying leaf litter in which to forage. Your support helps protect Trust sanctuaries with ideal wood thrush habitat for nest sites and migratory rest stops throughout the eastern U.S.

 

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