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News Release

March 20, 2009

U.S. State of the Birds report released yesterday

Secretary of the Interior Salazar announced the “State of the Birds Report 2009” yesterday in recognition that migratory birds are beautiful, economically important, a priceless part of America’s natural heritage, and critical indicators of the health of the environment. Commissioned by the Service, the report represents a summary assessment of the state of our nation's birds that is anticipated to elicit national interest in restoring and conserving America's wild bird resources. Although the report reveals widespread declines in bird populations, it also highlights the role of partnerships in conservation. The report synthesizes bird population data from three long-running bird censuses conducted by thousands of citizen scientists and professional biologists and is available at or through the Southeast regional website at

The State of the Birds Report website features a foreword to this unique data-driven project, an overview and the actual “State of the Birds 2009” report, a section on endangered species and population studies, challenges, methods, what you can do and the news release announcing this new project.

This is the first-ever U.S. State of the Birds Report that is the result of an unprecedented partnership among the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, state wildlife agencies, American Bird Conservancy, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, and other conservation organizations dedicated to conserving America’s bird populations and habitat. The report is expected to be updated at least every three to five years and will become a long-term collaboration among partner organizations to chart the state of United States’ birds over time and, thereby, also reflect the state of our environment.

Please take a moment to review the State of the Birds Report 2009 and reflect upon the incredibly important ecological, socio-economic and spiritual role that birds fulfill.

Acting Chief, Division of Migratory Birds