Early intervention can help protect birds with declining populations
Jan 12, 2015 1:01 AM
Last September, during a solo bird walk on his lunch hour, our Jeff Reiter spotted a wood thrush. It was the first one he'd seen in six years of birding at Cantigny Park in Wheaton and he felt incredibly lucky. There was a time when no luck was needed to see or at least hear a wood thrush, he says. But habitat loss has taken a toll. The total wood thrush population has fallen by more than half in the past 50 years, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Indeed, two recent reports confirm rough times for our feathered friends.