Human Activities are Driving Birds to Extinction

Human activities have placed hundreds of species of birds at the brink of extinction.

Human activities have placed hundreds of species of birds at the brink of extinction. During the past 5000 years, many bird species have already been wiped off the surface of the earth due the influence of humans. The extinction rate is on the rise and it is estimated that an additional 10 species will go extinct each year during the 21st century.

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Habitat destruction, selective hunting, extensive use of pesticides and several other human influences have endangered not only bird species but also other animals and plants. A number of natural causes such as global warming, invasive species and predation are also threatening the existence of bird species. However, human activities over the past few thousand years have drastically affected bird populations and accelerated the rate of extinction of bird species. Without the influence of humans the rate of extinction of bird species is about one species per century.

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Destruction of natural habitats is the main factor that is driving birds towards extinction. Birds, like other organisms are vulnerable to the alterations made to their natural habitats. Woodlands and forests are dominant terrestrial biomes that harbor numerous birds, other animals and plants species. Humans, with their greed and for their needs are destroying forests and hence the homes of birds. Deforestation is not only affecting birds and other animals but also us humans. Deforestation is an environmental catastrophe that affects the composition of the atmosphere and lead to serious environmental problems such as global warming.

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Land clearing for agriculture and urban housing development maybe necessary for the survival of human race, but irresponsible waste disposal and other human activities prove more damaging to the habitats of birds. Destruction of wetlands and oil spills does unimaginable harm to birds, especially to water birds. These actions are not only destroying the habitats of bird species but also depleting their food sources as well as killing them. The devastating result is that bird populations are declining and placing them at the brink of extinction.

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The wide use of pesticides such as DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) has had destructive and long-lasting effects on bird populations. Pesticides affect birds both directly and indirectly, killing them as a result. Many of the pesticides are poisonous to birds and negatively affect their reproduction and hence the survival of bird species. Some of these pesticides are not only poisonous to birds but also to marine organisms. The pesticide DDT endangered the American Bald Eagles and almost drove them to extinction.

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Human activities are collectively placing more and more birds and other animals at the verge of extinction and we humans often forget that planet earth is home not only to us but all living organisms that inhabit it. All living things depend on each other for survival. Therefore, we humans should keep it in mind that our existence depends on the conservation of our environment and respecting natures balance and harmony.

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26 Responses to “Human Activities are Driving Birds to Extinction”
  1. marqjonz Says...

    On September 27, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    An excellent article! good to see you writing on Triond again.


  2. Martin Kloess Says...

    On September 27, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Good work thank you for sharing.


  3. smokychristine Says...

    On September 27, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Too few of us humans even think of the responsibility we have toward other species on this planet.


  4. LCM Linda Says...

    On September 28, 2012 at 12:26 am

    I am sorry for the birds. Hope humans can go green with the greatest effort and save the birds.


  5. lapasan Says...

    On September 28, 2012 at 2:46 am

    In some cases, man is a threat to the survivals of animals.


  6. 8Shei8 Says...

    On September 28, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Very sad, so many animals are becoming to an extinct due to selfish & careless work by us humans. If we are not careful, we too might become extinct.


  7. Vinaya Ghimire Says...

    On September 28, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Safa, thanks for sharing this wonderful article on stumbleupon.
    Since ancient times, humans have always been a threat to other species, however, this is outgrowing in our time.


  8. Safa Says...

    On September 29, 2012 at 4:20 am

    @marqjonz
    Thank you, it’s good to be back :)
    @Martin Kloess
    Thank you
    @smokychristine
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment
    @LCM Linda
    I’m with you on that. Thanks, Linda
    @lapasan
    I agree with you sir
    @8Shei8
    Thanks for the comment :)
    @Vinaya Ghimire
    Thank you very much for visiting my article and making a comment


  9. sensation Says...

    On September 29, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Unfortunately this destruction goes and we have no means to check this. The real day would be when man realises that he has to live in harmony with our winged friends instead of showing his might on these beautiful creations of GOD.


  10. nourisv Says...

    On September 29, 2012 at 8:03 am

    good job! we should be serious about our ecological balance!


  11. gaby7 Says...

    On September 29, 2012 at 8:24 am

    We were handed over a beautiful world to utilize the resources sustainably, just look what we are doing to the land of our ancestors? What shall we tell our children’s childreen? Am frankly very ashamed of myself, my generation and my world! Am even more embarrassed that the super powers are the ones playing a leading role in destroying the world, the birds, the animals and this is even more damning!


  12. Safa Says...

    On September 29, 2012 at 8:51 am

    @sensation
    @nourisv
    Thank you both for stopping by and leaving a comment
    @gaby7
    I share the same feeling. Thanks for the comment


  13. Kristie Claar Says...

    On September 29, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Well shared article.


  14. Tiki33 Says...

    On September 29, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    We must take care of our birds. They have just as much right to be here as we do. Thanks for educating the people.


  15. lauralu Says...

    On September 29, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Oh Safa this is so true what a fantastic article, so glad you are back my friend.


  16. mitchey179 Says...

    On September 30, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Too bad it is not only the birds but all species are being affected by humans. We are currently in one of the biggest extinction events to ever happen on the Earth but this time we are the cause of it and not nature. Good article on such a horrible topic. Take care.


  17. girishpuri Says...

    On October 1, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Humans are trying to destroy almost everything, serious concern, thanks for sharing


  18. Safa Says...

    On October 1, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    @Kristie Claar
    @Tiki33
    @lauralu
    @mitchey179
    @girishpuri
    Thank you very much for reading my article and commenting.


  19. Trey Allen Says...

    On October 1, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Nice article and thanks for share


  20. avissado Says...

    On October 2, 2012 at 6:28 am

    great to see you post again. and fantastic article..the pictures really shocked me.


  21. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On October 4, 2012 at 11:28 am

    We aren’t doing enough to reduce our impact.


  22. realityspeaks Says...

    On October 5, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Thanks for this wonderful article. Its sad the way things are turning out to be on Earth.


  23. papaleng Says...

    On October 5, 2012 at 3:08 am

    I’m glad you publish again. Your post serves as eye-opener for all of us. If nothing is done to control or put an end to these wicked things human is doing to birds- then there will come a time that human will shoot at each other for there is no more birds around.


  24. streakanime Says...

    On October 9, 2012 at 7:57 am

    This was a great read. Thanks for sharing. :) Always happy to stop by and leave a view for a friend. x


  25. Mr Arrogant Says...

    On October 18, 2012 at 6:00 am

    hey very nice article and well written!!
    It was great to read this article of urs and I hope I get to read more such awesome articles in the future too…!!

    keep reading and commenting!! bye!!
    :)


  26. abenjam5 Says...

    On February 20, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Thanks for sharing this article. I think that there should be more bird control in Arizona, but not control that consists of animal cruelty. I’m sure there is some way we can have control without killing.


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