A new research has found that removing all the swaths from the rainforests can cause permanent catastrophe killing and driving away all birds’ species which requests birds assistance.
330 Brazilian Amazon regions were surveyed for a study, discovering the existence of 472 different bird species.
Studies have shown that the birds can’t survive in the rainforests as it does not have what can ensure these birds survival.
Preservation of rainforests is a necessity to ensure the survival of the birds.
A team of ecologists reports that the tropical forest is now having trouble to recover from all the intensive agriculture, logging, woodcutting, and ranching, that the forest now is in a state of shock and needs birds assistance. What makes the recovery of these rainforests even harder is the disappearance of birds as they were driven away.
But why is the existence of birds in the forest so important that it is endangering the survival of the forest? Well, the birds’ presence is very crucial for the health of the forest. Birds are very important for distributing seeds all over the landscape of the forest and the reproduction of trees.
In these forests, there are plant-eating insects which are eaten by birds. The birds try to be faithful to their forest as much as possible and stay around in the remainder trees even when humans cut off parts of their forest to try and maintain their forest’s health.
But, in December in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the studies have found out that the birds could be gone for good if humans keep on removing the swaths of rainforests and could possibly cause birds’ death endangering the maintenance of a healthy forest.
At Imperial College London, Joseph Tobias reported; “The trees of a forest may look healthy, but if the animal species required for pollination or seed dispersal are gone, then looks are deceiving.” He is an ecologist. Another statement from another author stated that; “The trees are also likely to disappear over time.”
So, to get a complete grasp of the relationship between the forest trees and the birds, the researchers decided to count how many species exist in the forest and they came to a total count of 472 species after studying 330 different areas in the Brazilian Amazon including the forests, tree plantations, farmlands.
Using satellite imagery, they were able to know all about the forests and the landscapes previous history along with the birds’ species.
However, researchers have focused greatly on the role of specific species in these lands and their role to balance the ecosystem.
They looked closer at specific features in those birds, like what type of seeds do they eat and the shape of their beak. By knowing those two features, they can determine which species is crucial for the survival of a specific tree.
A group of colleagues, along with Tobias, found that birds were found in abundance in the pristine tropical forests, while few species lived in the logged forests.
“Our findings are a warning flag that we can’t just look at a snapshot of forest health as it appears now,” Tobias stated in the report. We need to think about preserving the ecosystem processes that will allow forests to survive in the future.”
The problem is that as humans, we add up a lot of pressure to forests and cause major structural changes in the forest as now there are fewer birds to maintain the health of the forest by spreading the seeds and eating the plant-eating insects. That’s why we need birds assistance to help us recover these deforested lands and try to make the trees grow back again.