Western forest birds also are declining, according to the report, with at least 19 species with imperiled habitats showing population hits. These imperiled habitats coincide with forests stressed from drought, conifer overgrowth, and a lack of forest diversity due to the loss of disturbance like fire. The good news? Investments in forest restoration may be able to help turn around the outlook for forests and the bird species that depend on them.
The report indicates that populations of wetland-dependent species are looking better nationwide thanks to decades of habitat recovery and water quality improvements. However, these trends may not apply in the Intermountain West, where drought and wetland drying are leading to the rapid loss of wetland habitat.
Visit https://www.stateofthebirds.org/2022/ to dive deeper into the report—and what it means for habitat conservation needs across the Intermountain West.