Day 23 0f 100 days of Blogging
The Bobolink in the video above makes a round-trip, trans-equatorial migration of about 20,000 km. This is one of the longest annual migrations of any New World passerine. The Bobolink is also among the one-third of all Grassland bird species on a Watch List due to steeply declining populations and threats to habitat. This according to the 2016 State of North America’s Birds (SONAB) report.
The report assesses the conservation status of the 1,154 native species in Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. It has identified 432 species it names at risk of “extinction without significant conservation actions to reverse declines and reduce threats.”
All but one of the following Grassland birds appear on the PQSPB species checklist. You can quiz yourself by guessing the name of the bird, then mouse over the image to see its common and latin name. Click on any image and view the images in a slideshow. If your want to know how any individual bird fared in the SONAB report, you can click to view the scores here.