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Connecticut State of the Birds 2013: Long-term Population Decline of Birds that Eat Flying Insects

The Connecticut State of the Birds 2013 report delves into the mysterious population decline of 17 species of birds that nest in Connecticut and rely on a diet of insects caught on the wing.

Our Connecticut State of the Birds 2013 report, “The Seventh Habitat and the Decline of Our Aerial Insectivores,” delves into the mysterious population decline of 17 species of birds that nest in Connecticut and rely on a diet of insects caught on the wing.

Released Friday, the report identifies pesticides as a possible cause of the decline: pesticides kill the bugs that aerial insectivores eat, and so it’s likely that a reduction in the use of these poisons will help the aerial insectivores.

We’ll be in Hartford on Monday testifying before the General Assembly’s Environment Committee in support of two bills that would lead to pesticide reductions in Connecticut.

You can read the news release about Connecticut State of the Birds 2013 on our website, here.

You’ll also find a link to the report itself and to excerpts from each of the articles (along with a list of authors).

The news release also includes a link to a video of Friday’s news conference, and we’ve provided links to news coverage of the event.

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joe_m February 26, 2013 at 10:14 PM
CB, a little bit of an alarmist? Really, the sky is not falling. Loss of habitat in CT? Screwed up the planet? Mother Nature knows how to really screw the planet, just drop a really big asteroid and you will get real climate change and species reduction. Now back to the birds in CT. I'm seeing more bobcats, hawks and owls, never mind the neighbors cat. Wonder what they are eating during these cold winter months? The report identifies pesticides as a "possible" cause. Kind of difficult to find the missing birds and see if they left because of the lack of food. However, the mosquitoes seem to infect more people each year with West Nile Virus or Equine Encephalitis. Seems strange that the bats caught a fungus that killed a large percentage of the population but the birds can't find all the bugs the bats are no longer eating. Sounds like a poorly researched report written with an agenda.
Digby February 26, 2013 at 10:40 PM
I hear you CB. Smart Alecs with all the answers would be wise to check out cancer rates in Connecticut. Other states are going down. But CT is well above the national average. The general thinking is all the pesticides and chemical goo we put on our lawns is causing the cancer. The rest of the country just deals with the bugs, and accepts a few weeds on their lawns and sports fields. But not us, we have money to burn, so we spend it on pesticides. End result, we are killing ourselves (along with the birds). It's almost funny. We have extra money... so we use it to kill ourselves. I think 1,000 years from now, society will look back at us and say, "What idiots."
CB February 26, 2013 at 11:36 PM
No, I'm not an alarmist Joe_m.. I never said the sky was falling. I just said what I believe to be true. If you choose to think differently, that's OK with me. I think and have thought for years that we all should put a little more thought into how we treat this place we all live.
John Pasnau February 27, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Digby Quote - I think 1,000 years from now, society will look back at us and say, "What idiots." I think so too. But it won't take 1,000 years. More like 100.
CB February 27, 2013 at 08:34 PM
1000 years, I can't begin to imagine what this place will be like then or 100 years from now. I will be peacefully resting under a piece of granite long before then. :)

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