Bird numbers plunge in U.S. and Canada with people to blame

An Egret sits in a canal as morning sun reflects off the mist, on Assateague Island off the Virginia Coast October 26, 2013. Many bird species make their home on Assateague on a seasonal basis, making the undeveloped island a popular destination for birdwatchers. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT ANIMALS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – From grasslands to seashores to forests and backyards, birds are disappearing at an alarming rate in the United States and Canada, with a 29% population drop since 1970 and a net loss of about 2.9 billion birds, scientists said on Thursday. People are to blame, the researchers said, citing factors including widespread […]

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