Bee-Killing Pesticides Linked To Bird Declines

By Anna V. Smith, Eugene Weekly

The latest in a number of recent studies looking at the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides has shown declining bird populations in areas where the pesticides are used in high concentrations. Neonics have already been associated with bee die-offs, and a new study published in Nature found that common bird populations such as barn swallows and starlings decreased 3.5 percent each year in areas associated with neonics use.

“It clearly demonstrates that neonicotinoid pesticides are affecting the entire food chain,” says Jonathan Evans, toxics and endangered species campaign director for the Center for Biological Diversity. “The cascading impacts of these pesticides are poisoning the food chain and causing ripples of impacts in higher level species like bird species that eat a lot of these insects.”