There`s a reason why Arkansans haven`t seen as many meadowlarks in recent years. The National Audubon Society says there aren`t as many of the birds around as there once were. The conservation group released its first national "State of the Birds" report. The report says that almost 30 percent of North America`s bird species had declined significantly in numbers since 1966. An Audubon news release said 70 percent of grassland species, including the Eastern meadowlark, were in statistically significant declines. In Arkansas, bird species hardest hit include the meadowlark, the northern bobwhite quail and the loggerhead shrike. Ken Smith, executive director of Audubon Arkansas, said much of the population decline of birds in Arkansas stems from loss of habitat.