The recently published avian population survey revealed that the Saltmarsh Sparrow, just as other of its fellow avian species, may be on its way to extinction.
A new report has shown that more species could soon be added to the extinction list as more and more avian and animal species are becoming endangered.
Just recently, the Audubon Society Connecticut branch released its 2016 Connecticut State of the Birds reports.
The study, which was called Gains, Losses, and the Prospect of Extinction, is the society’s 11th state report.
Data from the previous 10 reports was used when making the new study which went to show that more and more Connecticut birds are facing population declines.
Most of these decreases are slow but steady and have been caused by the changes in their natural habitat or the loss of their nesting areas.
Although recent salvation missions have been considered a success, as is the case with Piping Plovers, most species, including the aforementioned one, are still quite vulnerable.
By far the most discouraging data seems to be targeting the Saltmarsh Sparrow. As the endangered species faces extinction, it would be the first such event to be registered since the 1990’s.
The last avian extinction to have taken place in the continental regions of the United States targeted the Dusky Seaside Sparrow.
The Dusky Seaside Sparrow, which is a subspecies of the Seaside Sparrow was declared to be officially extinct following the 1987 death of its last known specimen.
Another sparrow subtype could be following in its path as the Saltmarsh Sparrow is constantly losing its habitat.
According to the report, this seems to be, by far, the biggest threat to the both the sparrow birds and other bird species.
The birds are being threatened by the constant rise of the sea level which leads to beach erosions. As a Saltmarsh Sparrow usually builds its nest along the coastline, the erosion leads to a territory reduction.
Efforts are already being made so as to save species that are facing similar territory loss threats.
Authorities have been trying to either preserve or expand natural habitats and nesting spots, efforts which have registered encouraging results in the past.
Still, efforts will most likely have to be increased so as to help save the seemingly ever increasing number of endangered species.
The United States Fish and Wildlife currently includes on its threatened or endangered list close to 100 bird species.
If the current trend continues, the report specialists estimate that the Saltmarsh Sparrow could become extinct as soon as 50 years from now.
According to Brian Olsen, a University of Maine professors and one of the researchers involved in the study offered some further details.
Olsen stated that the Saltmarsh sparrow population was noticed to be decreasing each year by about 9 percent.
The drop, which has been an on-going trend since 1998 could be stopped if conservationists could achieve a territory change.
The Saltmarsh sparrows, which live in coastal areas during breeding periods, could be saved if the tidal marshes could be moved inland following the rising levels of the sea.
Such a move could be attained, but it would need enough funding and the state’s support.
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