That's him! The "bird of the year 2016", the goldfinch. The Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU) and the Landesbund für Vogelschutz (LBV) have this year selected Carduelis carduelis as ambassadors for more bird protection, because its population - as with its predecessors - has fallen dramatically in recent years. According to the umbrella organization of German avifaunists, the stock of goldfinch fell by 48 percent from 1990 to 2013. Currently, about 305, 000 to 520, 000 breeding pairs are expected to live in Germany. The reason for the increasing loss of the songbird: the decline of its habitats.
The goldfinch - also known as the safflower - generally looks for a colorful environment as a habitat, wild niches with herbs, flowers and fruit trees. "But in the agricultural landscape alone, almost 90 percent of all brownfields have been lost since 1994 with their native biodiversity, " says NABU Vice President Helmut Opitz. "For our bird of year, it is now close in Germany." Helmut Opitz therefore advises, of course, in gardens, at sports and playgrounds, schools, farmland or roadsides to let small corners proliferate. Because: "Edge strips with flowers and wild herbs on fields and paths are becoming less and less poor. Wildflower-rich brownfields disappear in the settlement area, public and private green areas are being over-cultivated, weed diversity has even been spewed away. "And it is precisely these areas that need the goldfinch to live.
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