Pesticides Leading Cause Grassland Bird Declines‏

argylesock says… We know that neonicotinoids are bad news for bees. Now, apparently, there’s evidence that they’re bad news for birds too.

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 Media Release  from American Bird Conservancy

New Study Finds Pesticides Leading Cause of Grassland Bird Declines

(Washington, D.C., February 25, 2013)  A new study led by a preeminent Canadian toxicologist identifies acutely toxic pesticides as the most likely leading cause of the widespread decline in grassland bird numbers in the United States, a finding that challenges the widely-held assumption that loss of habitat is the primary cause of those population declines.

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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