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Where Are All the Birds? Ranch Hand Wonders Why So Many Have Simply Vanished from Chase County

Empty bird house in the Flint Hills. (Photo by J. Schafer)

An avid birdwatcher who's lived in the Flint Hills for more than 40 years says something strange has been happening. Bones Ownbey, a 71-year-old ranch hand at the Flying W, says small birds have almost completely disappeared from his neck of the woods, near Cottonwood Falls, in Chase County. Impossible? Maybe. But listen to this report from KPR's J. Schafer then... decide for yourself.


KPR News will continue to track this story for future developments. If we learn more, we'll let you know. 

Billions of North American Birds Have Vanished, Science - September 20, 2019

Bones Ownbey's Facebook page, where he collects information on bird populations from fellow birdwatchers.

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