Populations of Some of Arkansas' Most Common Birds Declining

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Results of a study released by Audobon Arkansas today indicate populations of some of the state's most common birds are declining because of urban sprawl and agricultural expansion.

The group says growth of cities and farms are encroaching on the birds' grassland, forest and wetland homes.

The population drops in Arkansas mirror the results of a nationwide study by the National Audobon Society, which found out that the populations of nearly two dozen common American birds are half of what they were 40 years ago.

Five species in Arkansas...the northerb bobwite, the eastern meadowlark, the field sparrow, the loggerhead shrike and the prothonotary warbler, have seen their populations decline by 60 percent or more in the last 40 years.

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