|A heron sits on a light pole at East Lake Park. Herons traditionally nest on the island in the park, but that could change if more trees are lost to beavers. (The Birmingham News/Linda Stelter)|
Audubon Society scientist highlights urban bird habitats in visit to Birmingham | AL.com:
National Audubon Society Chief Scientist Gary Langham was in Birmingham this week and pointed out that climate change and development are likely to decrease bird habitat and range, but city dwellers can help counter the trend by creating bird friendly habitats:
"Alabama species whose ranges are threatened include the wild turkey, the wood duck, bald eagle, mallard, osprey, and dozens of others.
The good news is that efforts that can help birds also have positive effects on a city, Langham said. "Urban landscapes and corridors that are good for the community in and of themselves, but also help support some of the species that are most at risk for climate change."