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Local Experts Worried After Study Shows Birds are Dying at an Alarming Rate

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- A new research study is revealing billions of birds have died in North America. 

According to the study, within the past 50 years, nearly 3 billion birds have died in the US and Canada. The study also reveals the decrease of the bird population in North America by 29 percent within the past five decades.

Local experts have noticed the decrease of bird population here in Delmarva as well.

"I've seen so much of their natural habitat being destroyed, " said Scott Housten, an avid bird watcher from Ocean City. "From when I started I'd say about 50% of the spots I used to bird watch don't exist anymore; they've been built upon, there are now shopping malls."

While the number of bald eagles and brown pelicans on Delmarva are increasing, according to local experts, the population of other bird species, such as the black skimmers, are disappearing in Delmarva.

Dave Wilson, head of the Maryland Conservation Partnership, says the decline in the number of birds could also have an economic impact in Worcester County, where thousands of tourists visit every year to enjoy bird watching.

"We do the math of where folks are coming from and 84% are coming from out of town so they're coming here and spending money to see this birds," Wilson said. 

Wilson says keeping your cats indoors, avoiding the use of pesticides and using stickers or dream catchers in your windows are good ways to help protect birds.

For more information about conservation efforts in Maryland visit marylandbirds.org

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