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View the State of the Birds news conference on September 9, 2014

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Red Knot

The State of the Birds 2014 report found that red knots and other shorebirds are among the most threatened groups in the U.S. More than half of U.S. shorebird species are on the report’s Watch List—a list of 233 species that are currently endangered or at risk of becoming endangered without significant conservation.

Credit: Gerrit Vyn


Northern Pintail

Wetlands are one of the habitats to benefit most from conservation, according to The State of the Birds 2014 report. For many species in protected wetlands, population declines have been reversed. There are species, however, such as the northern pintail, that are still declining and require stronger conservation efforts.

Credit: Gregory Lis



All 33 native Hawaiian forest bird species, including this ʻIʻiwi, are on The State of the Birds 2014 Watch List—a list of 233 species currently endangered or at risk of becoming endangered without significant conservation. Non-native predators and disease-bearing mosquitoes pose the biggest threats for the Hawaiian birds.
: Jack Jeffrey


Greater Prairie-Chicken

Desert and sagebrush habitats in the West have the steepest population declines of breeding birds in the nation—a 46 percent loss since 1968. However, the nearly 40 percent loss in grassland birds, like this greater prairie-chicken, has leveled off since 1990 due to conservation.

Credit: Gerrit Vyn


Emperor Goose

Emperor geese and other coastal species have been squeezed into strips of shrinking degraded habitat due to development and pollution. Wildlife refuges, however, have helped increase the populations of dozens of coastal species by 28 percent since 1968.

Credit: Gerrit Vyn


Cerulean Warbler

Neotropical migrants, such as the cerulean warbler, breed in North America and winter south of U.S. borders. Their conservation requires international cooperation to protect habitats throughout their ranges in North America, as well as Central and South America and the Caribbean.

Credit: Gerrit Vyn


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