"Alarming decline": Skylark becomes "Bird of the Year" again


The Skylark has been named "Bird of the Year" for the second time – because the number of animals continues to decline Decline in the stocks of this former "common bird" has continued since the first election 20 years ago
          Naturschutzbund Deutschland (Nabu) and the Landesbund für Vogelschutz (LBV / Bavaria) on Friday with. Because of the intensive agriculture, pesticides and too little fallow land, the birds lacked habitats and food. Combined with the selection of the Skylark (Alauda arvensis) as the "bird of the year 2019", the federations demand a fundamental change of the EU agricultural policy: The increasingly intensive agriculture has become the main reason for species extinction in Europe. Instead of mass production, it is necessary to invest in nature-friendly agriculture. Due to the intensive cultivation, the cereals in the fields are now so dense that for the
          Birds barely room to nest building, explained the conservationists. The lark stands representative of other field birds such as lapwing and partridge, which are even worse. The current stock of skylarks in
          According to Nabu Germany is estimated at 1.3 to 2.0 million breeding pairs. More than a third of the birds have disappeared in the past 25 years – in many areas they no longer exist. In the eastern German states Feldlerchen are still to be found more frequently than in the west, said the Nabu bird protection expert Lars Lachmann. Since 2007, the once extremely common skylark in Germany is endangered on the Red List of threatened birds. The 16- to 18-centimeter-long floor breeder has a brown plumage with black-brown dashes and a small feather cap. The skylark is one of three species of larks in Central Europe. Male skylarks usually sing in flight at a height of 50 to 200 meters, where they are barely visible to the naked eye. Her tiriling vocals were once typical of our agricultural landscape – to hear a single bird, mostly impossible. Today, on the other hand, it would be a pleasure to hear a lark at all, said
          LBV boss Norbert Schäffer. In some areas, singing in the sky above the fields has already stopped altogether. The Nabu and the Federal Association for Bird Conservation have awarded the title of "Bird of the Year" since 1971. The organizations draw attention to the endangerment of certain species and their living conditions.

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