Birds, Science & Conservation
More than 800 bird species occur within the United States. Over 400 of these species have been documented within Ohio. Many of these species nest and raise young in our state while others find rest and food on their travels to other final destinations. Regardless, birds can be a source of scientific knowledge that is critical to both sustaining bird populations and conserving the habitats which they require. Audubon views birds as important in themselves and as a source of measurement of habitat health and quality.
Birds provide us with opportunities to enjoy their beauty and fascinating
behavior, while offering us methods to scientifically measure ecosystem health
as a means to better conservation. Many factors within the environment affect
the lives of birds, and humans, and these factors can be measured, interpreted,
and acted upon to provide a more healthful environment.
Citizen scientists can have a great impact on conservation. Birding can produce
quality data which can be used to estimate species numbers and distribution as
well as population health. Citizen science can be cost-effective in an
expensive world. Birds are everywhere and usually easy to observe and identify
by sight and sound. As such, birds and birding rightly combine to provide a way
to use science as a means to effective conservation. It is no wonder that birds
often provide scientists with the best evidence of how our actions affect the
world’s ecosystems and what conservation actions we can use to make the
world a healthier place.