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The Effects of Urbanization on Bird Ecology and Conservation

Bird ecology and conservation involves studying birds that are in danger due to changes in the environment. The human population has changed the environment in such a way that there are now many endangered birds. Bird ecology and conservation studies what happens to bird populations with regard to over-hunting and other activities that endanger birds. The bird population has been in decline for thousands of years starting with the time the first colonists arrived.

Bird ecology and conservation studies bird habitats and what is causing a decline in bird populations, as well as the place of birds in the food chain. There are many different habitats for birds in the United States and the world including swamps, wetlands, forests, in the mountains and more. The human population growth and population spread is causing birds like the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker to lose their habits and become endangered. Some birds, like the Dusky Seaside Sparrow from Florida, are extinct because of human interference in their habitats.

Birds are like humans in that we both build homes for ourselves and make them attractive. Birds use branches, leaves and anything else they see that is interesting to them but some of that material may be contaminated because of human behavior. The products you use in your yard to fertilize the grass and to get rid of bugs have a serious effect on the environment. The study of bird ecology and conservation has found that the things we do to the environment cause problems for birds and other environmental issues. Urbanization is also contributing to a decline in the bird population, which will continue unless we take bird ecology and conservation seriously.

Experts in bird ecology and conservation are studying how urbanization and urban sprawl are affecting bird populations. The more cities spread outward into previously undeveloped areas, the more the bird population declines. Many birds that live in cities are treated as pests because they spend their days on building roofs and power lines and they drop waste on the city streets. As we move further and further out of cities, we are taking over the areas that were previously bird habitats and displacing the bird populations.

There are steps being taken to improve the conditions of birds and to protect their habitats. Bird ecology and conservation experts are working with schools and local businesses everywhere to encourage them to provide birds with habitats on their land so birds can migrate as they need to do. We need to protect our bird population because without them we would possibly be over run with bugs and mosquitoes.

Birds are not pests; they are a beautiful part of nature and the animal kingdom and should be appreciated as such. We need to think about our effect on nature. If we have to do things that hurt the environment, we need to do something else that benefits it to balance out our actions including taking care of the bird population. You can find out more from local bird ecology and conservation groups so you can help the bird population thrive.


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