Local bird population down since Hurricane Michael

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Hurricane Michael's destruction didn't just wreak havoc on our homes; the storm also destroyed our birds' habitats, which begs the question, what happened to our local bird population?

The bird population has declined worldwide. (Pam Overmyer)

Co-President of the Bay County Audubon Society Candis Harbison said two months after the storm, the Audubon Society held its annual Christmas bird count.

She said the bird count revealed Bay County had the same number of species, but the individual numbers went down. Harbison also said there's hope to bring birds back to this area.

"If people will plant native plants in their yards, put the flowering plants, the plants that harbor insects for the birds to eat. If they'll do something besides have grass in their yards we can build back the habitat and get the birds back" Harbison said.

She also said the bird population has declined worldwide. This is most likely because birds are losing their habitats to land development.

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