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Following research released last month that showed nearly 3 billion birds have been lost in the last 50 years, there’s more dire news out Thursday for North American birds.

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A new report in the journal Science indicates that the number of birds in North America has declined by several billion in the past 40 years. The findings, released Thursday, suggest that bird numbers are declining more rapidly than previously thought. And researchers are pointing a finger at habitat loss and climate change.

BREMEN, Maine - The National Audubon Society says a web camera has captured the first confirmed sighting in Maine of a colorful species of bird typically seen in the southwestern part of the country.
Audubon and use a web camera on Hog Island to monitor nesting ospreys. Audubon posted on its website Monday that the camera picked up a vermilion flycatcher, which it called "an incredible rarity.''

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The changing climate threatens hundreds of species of birds, and may put half of all North American birds at risk of extinction by the end of the century. That's the conclusion of a seven-year study released today by the National Audubon Society. The study looked at more than 40 years of climate data and bird census numbers. For more on the implications closer to home, Tom Porter talks with Doug Hitchcox, a naturalist with Maine Audubon.

View the National Audubon Society report.