A SERVICE OF THE OUTDOOR WIRE DIGITAL NETWORK
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2018
According to the results generated by repeating bird surveys conducted in Illinois 100 years earlier, biologists from the University of Illinois found that even small backyard habitats may be important to the conservation of some species of birds. Researchers found that birds’ use of “primary habitats,” the more natural forests and grasslands where you’d expect to find Chipping Sparrows and other species, drives population change less than the birds’ use of novel or alternate habitats such as backyard and urban habitats. Forty species have expanded their use of urban and similar habitats, including American Goldfinches, Cedar Waxwings and Chimney Swifts.
This study provides even more incentive for birders to enhance the habitats and feeding stations in their yards and communities!
Please refer to https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180726090141.htm