Hi all: I just got this email from the American Bird Conservancy. In light of all the discussion recently on the listserve about the adverse effect of outdoor cats on birds, I thought you would all be interested in getting this information.Marsha Booker
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:14:23 -0500
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Subject: New Cats Indoors Program Officer
My name is Grant Sizemore, and I am the new Cats Indoors Program Officer at American Bird Conservancy (ABC). I am very excited to join ABC and to be working on a crucial frontier of wildlife conservation: the impacts of feral and free-ranging domestic cats. I am thrilled to be a part of ABC’s long-standing and vocal commitment to science-based conservation on this issue. Although new to ABC, I am not new to the cats issue. As an employee at The Wildlife Society, I had the opportunity to spearhead an outreach and education campaign with the public and to strengthen coalition bonds. I also have a diverse array wildlife conservation experiences, including research, education, and policy.
As part of my work at ABC, I want to revive the Cats Indoors listserv. This listserv can be an excellent resource for news, updates, and action alerts. I sincerely hope that you will continue your support of ABC’s efforts to reduce the negative impacts of feral and free-ranging cats and will continue to subscribe to the Cats Indoors listserv.
Please feel free to contact me with questions, comments, or concerns. My email address is [log in to unmask] To post to the listserv, send emails to [log in to unmask] Please keep posts relevant to Cats Indoors and remember that posts will be seen by all members.
Breaking News - New study identifies cats as top threat to birds
A newly released study by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that domestic cats kill 1.4-3.7 BILLION birds annually in the United States. This scientifically rigorous and systematic study identifies un-owned cats (i.e., barn cats, strays, cats in outdoor colonies, and ferals) are responsible for ~69% of these kills. Additionally, the study estimates that cats kill 6.9-20.7 BILLION mammals annually in the United State and that 89% of this mortality is caused by un-owned cats.
This study has received a lot of attention from national and international media (e.g. CNN, BBC, NPR, NBC). Check out the ABC press release!
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