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Talk on decline in bird population set for D&R Greenway


D&R Greenway Land Trust invites the public to a pivotal program by Sharyn Magee and Hannah Suthers, key birders and members of Washington Crossing Audubon Society, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4.

They will give a lecture on the State of Birds in the region at D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton, N.J. Admission is free. To attend, call 609-924-4646 or email

Cornell Ornithology Lab recently released a report estimating that North America has lost an estimated 2.9 billion birds since the 1970s. A major factor in this reality is habitat loss.

Magee and Suthers, have monitored local bird populations for decades, particularly on D&R Greenway’s 400-acre St. Michaels Farm Preserve in Hopewell, N.J. Their reports impact the larger database upon which the Cornell study is based.

Participants will learn of trends observed locally. Magee and Suthers will identify birds most at risk in the area. A major driver in their own birding experiences is the importance of expanding habitat protection, protecting native species, especially bird life.

The study led by the Cornell Ornithology Lab and published in the journal “Science” in October found more than one in four birds have disappeared. Particularly startling is the realization that most impacted seem to be historically common species, such as sparrows, blackbirds, warblers and finches.