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Connecticut State of Birds: Long-Term Population Decline of Those that Eat Flying Insects

The Connecticut State of the Birds 2013 report delves into the mysterious population decline of 17 species of birds that nest in Connecticut and rely on a diet of insects caught on the wing.

Our Connecticut State of the Birds 2013 report, “The Seventh Habitat and the Decline of Our Aerial Insectivores,” delves into the mysterious population decline of 17 species of birds that nest in Connecticut and rely on a diet of insects caught on the wing.

Released Friday, the report identifies pesticides as a possible cause of the decline: pesticides kill the bugs that aerial insectivores eat, and so it’s likely that a reduction in the use of these poisons will help the aerial insectivores.

We’ll be in Hartford on Monday testifying before the General Assembly’s Environment Committee in support of two bills that would lead to pesticide reductions in Connecticut.

You can read the news release about Connecticut State of the Birds 2013 on our website, here.

You’ll also find a link to the report itself and to excerpts from each of the articles (along with a list of authors).

The news release also includes a link to a video of Friday's news conference, and we’ve provided links to news coverage of the event.

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Jay February 25, 2013 at 09:52 PM
less mosquitos, etc ? Great - which do you want less west nile fever, etc or barn swallows.?
The good life in East Haddam February 25, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Hey, Jay, the mosquito is our state bird!

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