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The State Bird Of Kansas Is Disappearing, Along With Species From Across The Country

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Keith Evans
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KCUR 89.3
Bird watchers in Kansas have for years reported a steady decrease in bird populations

Birders and farmers have for years reported seeing fewer and fewer birds, but what's to blame for the decrease?

Climate change, wind turbines and outdoor cats all play a part. Longtime bird watcher Chuck Otte said Kansas' state bird, the western meadowlark, isn't migrating to new places — "they're just disappearing."

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Luke X. Martin is a reporter focusing on race, culture and ethnicity for KCUR 89.3. Contact him at luke@kcur.org or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.
Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.