Sunday, August 3, 2008

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Empty nests: Are Orange County's raptors dying? Scientists who track birds of prey say adults are dying off, nest sites are vacant, and environmental changes are likely to blame.


according to a story in THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
July 24, 2008

"What we're observing here is an advanced degree of ecosystem decay," said Pete Bloom, who has trapped, tagged and studied Orange County raptors since 1970. "It's quite alarming. The question is, is this natural? Because in 40 years of monitoring I have not seen it look this bad – not across so many species in the same geographical area." The drop in numbers appears to be affecting almost all raptor species, as well as their prey, and the scientists worry that climate change could be helping to drive dramatic changes in habitat that are harming the birds.


for full story:
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/hawks-birds-prey-2103938-years-raptor

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