Global biodiversity has never faced so many threats as it does today. The WWF's 2016 Living Planet Report estimates that the abundance of terrestri...
Why is it important to conserve birds? To those of us who watch and photograph birds, the answer to this question appears quite obvious. But if we look beyond their intrinsic value, birds have many functional roles in ecosystems. For example, scavenging birds like vultures and crows prevent the spread of disease by quickly consuming carrion. Birds also play a vital role in plant reproduction, through pollination and the spreading of seeds. And predatory birds like owls and raptors keep other animals, like rodents, in check. These are just a few of the many functions that birds have in our ecosystems, needless to say without birds our world would look very different. As you scroll through this week's Top 25 Wild Bird photographs, take a moment to appreciate the role that each of these birds plays in creating and maintaining the ecosystems that we live in.
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