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Secretary Salazar Announces New “State of the Birds” Report Showing Climate Change Threatens Hundreds of Species


March 11, 2010

 Climate change threatens to further imperil hundreds of species of migratory birds, already under stress from habitat loss, invasive species and other environmental threats, a new report released today by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar concludes.  He made the report public during a visit to the Zilkher Botanical Gardens in Austin, Tex.  The State of the Birds: 2010 Report on Climate Change follows a comprehensive report issue released a year ago showing that that nearly a third of the nation's 800 bird species are endangered, threatened or in significant decline.


  • Secretary Salazar announced the new State of the Birds Report at Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin, Tex.  Left to right are Glenn Olson,  Donal O'Brien Bird Conservation Chair, National Audubon Society, Paul Schmidt Assistant Director for Migratory Birds U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, John Hoskins, Chairman, U.S. North American Bird Conservation Initiative Committee and Dr. Miyoko Chu, Director of Communications at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Tami A. Heilemann -DOI
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  • “Just as they did in 1962 when Rachel Carson published ‘Silent Spring,’ our migratory birds are sending us a message about the health of our planet,” Secretary Salazar said.  Also pictured;  John Hoskins, Chairman, U.S. North American Bird Conservation Initiative Committee, Paul Schmidt Assistant Director for Migratory Birds U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Dr. Miyoko Chu, Director of Communications at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Tami A. Heilemann -DOI
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  • Paul Schmidt Assistant Director for Migratory Birds U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service points out key findings in the State of the Birds Report. Tami A. Heilemann -DOI
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  • Secretary Salazar with former Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Bob Armstrong and his wife Linda. Tami A. Heilemann -DOI
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  • Secretary Salazar reaches out to media through a teleconference.  In releasing the report, Salazar cited the unprecedented efforts by the Obama Administration and the Department of the Interior to address climate change.  Around the table left to right are Glenn Olson, Donal O'Brien Bird Conservation Chair, National Audubon Society, Brad Bortner, Migratory Bird Chief, Pacific Northwest Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Matt Lee-Ashley, Deputy Director of Communications for DOI, John Hoskins, Chairman, U.S. North American Bird Conservation Initiative Committee, Secretary Salazar, Paul Schmidt, Assistant Director for Migratory Birds, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and in the doorway is Alicia King, Communications Coordinator, Division of Migratory Bird Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Tami A. Heilemann -DOI
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