Minnesota provides quality habitat for several bird species that are more common in our state than elsewhere. If their stronghold in Minnesota is diminished, their ability to survive as a species may be in jeopardy. Audubon defines Stewardship Birds as having the following attributes:
- Minnesota contains 5% or more of the bird’s global breeding population; and
- Minnesota encompasses 5% or more of their breeding range.
Out of the 314 bird species that regularly inhabit Minnesota, only 12 species meet these criteria. These 12 Stewardship Birds have not attracted much attention from our conservation community. This is not surprising as rare and disappearing species demand much of our effort. However, it is important to acknowledge that we have a responsibility to provide stewardship for those species for which we have globally significant numbers.
STEWARDSHIP BIRDS OF MINNESOTA:
American White Pelican