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Bird Population Faces Crisis In The Vermont Forest: Insect Eater Species Are Losing The Foothold

Apr 17, 2017 06:10 AM EDT

A robin perches on a branch in the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, which shares a boundary with the space center.
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Vermont is famous for its natural and mesmerizing landscape that includes a big forest. Unfortunately, a recent report has revealed the decrement of the bird population there.

ABC News reported a sharp decline of 14.2 percent in the bird population over the last 25 years in the Vermont forest. The latest study has unveiled this crucial fact. Different reasons are responsible for the diminishing number of birds.

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Scientists with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies indicate some serious reasons, like the natural cycle of the maturing forest. Climate change and the increasing number of invasive species are also largely responsible for the decreasing trend of the bird population in the Vermont forest. The Environmental research team says acid rain should be another key reason for this situation.

Excessive use of the forest land like the fragmentation of the Vermont forest can't be ignored as an important cause behind this grim condition. Several rare and common bird species exist in the said forest. Among them, some species solely depend on the flying insects and they form a major portion of the bird population.

The Eastern phoebe, the chimney swift, the tree swallow and others mainly belong to that species that depend on the flying insects. A survey, conducted from 1989 to 2013, has uncovered the 25 percent decrement of the blue jay bird. The number of these birds is gradually dropping. In a word, the real species of the bird population in the Vermont forest are losing the foothold.

On the contrary, the population of the eight common species like the mourning dove, the American robin and others have increased. That means the bird population in the Vermont forest is acquiring a strange nature. Scientists prefer proper conservation of land and forest management as the two essential steps to protect the birds.

Steven Faccio, the lead author of the study report, opines that Vermont has a vast forest habitat. It is time to discover what is actually happening with the birds that eat the flying insects to survive. Faccio reveals that the aim of the study is to know the trend of the bird population in the interior part of the forest.

A few days ago The Science Times also reported the initiatives to increase the population of the rare and vulnerable one-horned rhinoceros. Efforts are taking place in Nepal to relocate these animals for reproduction. In a word, this effort is also related to the population of the said vulnerable animal like the bird population in the Vermont forest.

This Vermont study that unveils report about the bird population of the insect eater species includes the comparison of the 125 bird species' survey reports. All surveys were conducted in every June between 1989 and 2013. At the beginning, the volunteers were engaged in surveying 11 sites, but later it ended with the 31 survey sites. The research work took place from the one end of the Vermont forest to the other.

The scientists have closely noticed important trends of the 34 abundant species. The study also has tried to explore the ecological traits of different birds with different species. Bird population in the Vermont forest should be maintained very carefully. An unavoidable truth is every living object on this earth like the bird and others play a significant role to maintain the ecological balance.