Our recent State of the Birds report shows that many species are in decline, including some familiar birds once thought common, like the American kestrel, eastern meadowlark and purple finch.
Birds inspire us with their beauty, variety, amazing migratory journeys and ability to survive the harshest conditions. Yet their sensitivity to subtle threats is a vivid metaphor we all understand as an early warning for danger:
The canary in a coal mine.
Because of the essential connection between people and nature, changes in bird populations raise serious questions about the state of the environment and our own well-being.
At Mass Audubon we’re listening carefully to what these “canaries” are saying and strengthening our commitment to protecting the natural world that sustains us all.