Africa’s endangered species

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More than 150 bird species are known to have become extinct over the past 500 years, and many more are estimated to have been driven to extinction before they became known to science. The bulk of the recent bird extinctions has been on islands, where species are more susceptible to extermination due to smaller ranges, lower population sizes and a lack of adaptation for coping with introduced predators. The Northern Bald Ibis is listed as Critically Endangered.

Birds to be Removed from Florida Endangered Species List

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will be meeting on Wednesday and will be voting on the removal of sixteen species from the state’s endangered species list , including four birds – Snowy Egret , Brown Pelican , Limpkin , and White Ibis. Far more controversial is the likely delisting of the Black Bear , especially around concerns that a hunting season will follow soon after a delisting.

US Groups Fight to Save Polar Bear Hunts

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Now that the species is listed in the US as "threatened," hunters can't import the dead body parts (aka hunting "trophies") in from Canada. Tags: canada blood sport polar bear hunting trophy hunting endangered species Supposedly, environmentalists and animal rights activists have "unfairly made the polar bear into 'the panda bear of North America.'" Waaaaaaa! insert crying baby picture here.) Here's the article from the Globe and Mail.

This is my dream – this is my nightmare

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sq mi), which contradict the conservation significance of the bird it was founded for, some three decades ago – the Critically Endangered Great Indian Bustard. After my trip, I followed the news of this species closely.

Trophy Hunters Imperil Polar Bears

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They are not hunting for food or for any subsistence whatsoever. It's all about the thrill of the hunt and, sorry to say it, the thrill of the testosterone surge. Therefore, to me it's a slam dunk as to whether trophy hunters should continue to hunt polar bears. If a species' very survival is threatened, then it is impractical to hunt it for mere entertainment. The cost of a trophy hunt can start at $35,000. I have no sympathy for trophy hunters.

Sandpiper Species Heading Towards Extinction

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To prevent the Spoon-billed Sandpiper's extinction urgent action is needed, both to find ways to give local people economic alternatives to hunting birds and to persuade hunters to release any sandpipers they catch. Tags: birds hunting endangered species Really sad. The Spoon-billed Sandpiper, one of the world's most threatened birds, is rapidly heading towards extinction because young birds are being targeted for human consumption.

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Newly Found Species Already Endangered

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The wild Saola, which resembles antelopes and was only discovered in 1992, is already near extinction due to hunting. Tags: vietnam laos endangered species Way to go humans! Another notch to add to our belt!

Rarer than Tigers: the Indian Wild Dog

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Further down the road, we reach a derelict building with a large veranda hidden among the trees – an abandoned hunting lodge (if I were in a situation to invest, I would choose to upgrade this into a luxury wildlife lodge). Birds included common species such as Black Drongos , Jungle Babblers and a Hoopoe. Well, one reason might be – this animal is not only endangered, but even rarer than the Tiger! If they can survive next to such neigbours, how come they are endangered?

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Whales Losing the Will to Live?

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The psychological impact of over-hunting on the highly intelligent and sociable animals has been identified as the latest threat to the survival of the species. Tags: norway iceland whales Japan whaling endangered species I came across this British article from 2008. Very disturbing and sad hypotheses, especially in light of the unconscionable actions (or lack of) by CITES recently. From the Daily Mail.

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France's Ugly Secret: Eating Endangered Songbird

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Now France can add another to its long list of gastronomic sins.eating ortolan, an endangered songbird. The hunting and selling of ortolans, which have suffered a Europe-wide decline of 40-50% in the last 40 years, has been illegal in France since 1999. During the hunting season, which lasts from mid-August until the end of September, the birds are taken from their cages, fattened up in the dark and then drowned alive in Armagnac.

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Blue Whales Reappearing Again

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BLUE whales, the world’s largest animals, are reappearing in parts of the oceans where hunting once wiped them out, signalling that they may finally be returning from the brink of extinction. Tags: blue whales endangered species And here's some good news for today. Marine scientists have recorded the animals roaming migratory routes and feeding grounds in the Pacific from which they had vanished for much of the past six decades.

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For mankind to snatch away a species’ very existence is wrong on so many levels that I can’t begin to explain them. However, despite our best efforts to wipe them off the face of the earth, some of the more vulnerable species have managed to hang on. These species have seen the infamous Brink of Extinction, seemingly gone over the edge, and have scrambled back to solid ground in the nick of time…with a little extra help. this species breeds. Species.

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Critically Endangered: Sociable Lapwing

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Target for today: critically endangered Sociable Lapwing ( Vanellus gregarius ). The official definition of CR status says the species could be gone within ten years, or could lose 80 per cent of its population within three generations – whichever comes first. Thanks to BirdLife International, RSPB and Swarovski Optik as a BirdLife Species Champion for Sociable Lapwing, here you can find out more on the amazing migrations of birds fitted with satellite transmitters.

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India Takes More Steps to Protect Tigers

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He added that the forest ministry, state governments and a separate authority on the management of tiger reserves had agreed to work together to ensure conservation of the endangered animal. This will increase the habitat area for tigers, who prefer to live and hunt in thick vegetation. Tags: India tigers wildlife endangered species But is it enough? From the Press Association.

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Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve: the Tiger Afternoon

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The Osprey tries another hunt, finally a successful one, while Telia goes deeper into the water and lies down. Conservation endangered species India Mammals tiger Maharashtra, February 2013. Trying not to inhale so much of the dust cloud that envelops us, I am sporting a bandana tied bank-robber style. A winding track through dense woodlands takes us to the Telia Lake in the southeast of the Tadoba Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra.

Good News About Blue Whales

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The endangered whales, possibly the largest animals ever to live on Earth, have yet to recover from the worldwide slaughter that eliminated 99 percent of their number, according to the American Cetacean Society. The hunting peaked in 1931 with more than 29,000 animals killed in one season. Tags: oceans marine life whales environment alaska endangered species Looks like blue whales may be coming back to Alaska. Here's hoping Sarah Palin leaves them alone.

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Come@Me: Hunting Is Not Conservation

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The definition of the word HUNT is “to chase or search for game or other wild animals for the purpose of catching or killing.” ” Obviously the dictionary does not equate hunting with conservation. If you have some insane idea that Hunting Is Conservation: I think we all remember the fate of the Passenger Pigeon ? Asian Elephants and Indian Elephants ( Elephas maximus indicus ) are both listed as Endangered (EN) on the ICUN red list.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes 2015 Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges

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Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced as part of Great Outdoors Month the agency is proposing to expand fishing and hunting opportunities on 21 refuges throughout the National Wildlife Refuge System. The Service is committed to strengthening and expanding hunting and fishing opportunities,” said Ashe. “By Hunting, within specified limits, is permitted on 335 wildlife refuges. Why would you open it up to hunting?

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Edward’s Pheasant

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It has recently been reclassified as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List; this category is reserved for only the most threatened species in the world. If this bird did become extinct, it would be the first pheasant species to have been lost in the 400 years since proper records began. Concern for the future of this species is such that the WPA and BirdLife International-Vietnam Programme are working together to organize immediate action.

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Open Season on Bald Eagles

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Bald Eagle image is by Francois Portmann and is used with permission You know, I’ve been thinking about this whole dustup over hunting cranes in Tennessee and now Kentucky. I think it’s time to hunt Sandhill Cranes. Look at the facts, lay your emotions aside and listen to reason—exactly the same reasoning that’s been so persuasive in convincing me that hunting cranes is the right thing to do. We’ve always hunted Bald Eagles.

We Should Kill More Lions

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There are times when acting in the conservation interest of a species or ecosystem means that the welfare of specific animals is compromised, which is a fancy way of saying that conservationists sometimes have to kill animals for the greater good. If you don’t accept that we sometimes have to do harm to individuals to do good for the species, well, nothing I’m going to say is going to convince you. Managing areas for hunting does exactly that.

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On SPECIESISM, by Joan Dunayer

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Whenever the media report that someone has killed "an endangered animal" or "an endangered species," they too confuse an individual with a species. Any animal threatened with a gun or arrow is endangered. Hunters kill members of endangered species. Conversely, animals who are personally safe are not endangered, even if they belong to an endangered species (14).

What’s Up with the ABA?  Part II (Some Suggestions)

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But as far as I can tell, nobody advocates for birders, so lands are opened to hunting and fishing , but not birding, photography, and other non-consumptive uses.

Botswana’s Private Reserves

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Many countries have private reserves and concessions, run for tourism or hunting, that provide outstanding wildlife watching opportunities. Brown-hooded Kingfishers hunt far from water. As well as birds, the reserve holds endangered species like African Wild Dogs. While much of the attention that Africa’s tourism industry gets is for its (deservedly) popular national parks and game reserves, a lot of wildlife viewing is possible away from the big name places.

Busch Gardens Welcomes New Baby Cheetah

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Cheetahs are regulated by the Species Survival Plan (SSP), which tracks a species’ genetic lines in zoos and animal parks around the world and makes recommendations as to where specific animals should be placed for successful breeding opportunities. Once he is old enough, he will join the group of cheetahs living in Cheetah Run, the innovative new habitat opening alongside the Cheetah Hunt launch coaster that will bring guests face to face with these agile predators.

Come to India With Babita Wildlife Tours!

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On a recent visit I threw my bags in the hotel room and went straight there, and got over 60 species of birds in a few hours and fantastic views of Nilgai , the largest antelope in India. Commoner species include Bar-headed Geese , parakeets, shrikes, mynas and minivets.

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Schoolkids Across Asia Team Up to Save the Spoon-Billed Sandpiper

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The project recruited schoolkids from eight Asian nations, from Russia down to Thailand, to help color in frames of an animation that depicts the lonely and perilous migration of a Spoon-billed Sandpiper as it faces threats from habitat loss and hunting. The project seems to be just as much about the process as about the product, since the coloring sessions were wonderful teachable moments that got kids enthused about saving this Critically Endangered species.

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The Economic Impact of Birding on National Wildlife Refuges: Creating Local Jobs

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Activities such as hunting, fishing, and trapping are categorized as “consumptive” uses. In contrast, consumptive uses were minor: fishing accounted for 10 percent and hunting was just 4 percent. Critically, NWRs preserve habitat and wildlife, often for endangered species. For example, even if nobody visited Aransas NWR in Texas, it would still provide virtually all of the wintering habitat for the endangered Whooping Crane. Every few years, the U.S.

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Peregrine Falcons at the National Wildlife Refuges

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The name Peregrine means “wanderer,” and northern-nesting Peregrines are among North America’s long-distance migratory species, some moving 25,000 kilometers every year. I’m sure most of you know that the Peregrine Falcon became an endangered species because of the use of organochlorine pesticides, especially DDT, during the 1950′s, 60′s, and 70′s. They were officially listed as Endangered in 1970 in the U.S.

What is the National Bird of Columbia?

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They get a bad rap due to their dependence on carrion to survive, but I look at it a different way: these species do not have to kill in order to thrive! Columbia has chosen one of the world’s most massive flying species as its national bird: the Andean Condor. It was placed on the Endangered Species List in 1973 , its populations dropping mostly due to hunting pressure from farmers who believe they kill livestock. I love condors and vultures.

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The Nonessential Whooping Crane

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What could motivate gunmen (I cannot call them hunters) in two states to deliberately kill North America’s tallest and most critically endangered bird? It may be as sick as deliberately targeting an endangered species for death. With the proposed hunting seasons on sandhill cranes being discussed in Tennessee, Kentucky and Wisconsin, we must not forget the whooping crane, which travels and winters in the big sandhill crane flocks.

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The 300 survivors

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There are some seven birds among the 100 most endangered species on the planet on the list of fauna and flora listed as the rarest by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Zoological Society of London – and this morning, I am after one of those! sq mi), which contradict the conservation significance of the bird it was founded for, some two decades ago – the Critically Endangered Great Indian Bustard.

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The Top 25 Target Birds to Look for in Costa Rica

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It would be uber cool to lay eyes on a rare lifer, on species that only seem to live on the pages of a field guide but isn’t that somewhat discriminatory? And why spend time only looking for one or two species when those hours could be used to put binos focused on a few dozen? While waiting for that big weird cotinga species to appear, other birds will also come into view because when birding quality habitat, there’s plenty to see!

2019 67

The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and Who Pays for It

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Developed in the post-frontier era, the NAMWC helped put a stop to wanton wildlife destruction in an era where many species were being hunted and trapped ruthlessly to the brink of extinction. Increased scrutiny of practices long considered the norm in wildlife management, including predator hunts, commercial trapping, the legal culling of non-game birds like American Crows, and some of the research protocols used to track and translocate wild animals.

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From the Mailbag

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It is an animated website aimed at educating and inspiring children about endangered species, and all of our characters actually exist in a real-life camp in Tanzania which protects black rhino and wild African hunting dogs. Hello Keith, Mylan, and Jonathan We stumbled across your very worthy site and read some recent posts. you have a very interesting blog! We’re going to go and have an in-depth look this morning, in the meantime, please take a look at our website.

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Administrative Procedure for Birders: Duck Stamp Rulemaking

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For example, the process applies to, among other things, the listing (and delisting) of species under the Endangered Species Act and interpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

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The National Wildlife Refuge System: Birders Leading the Way

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For example, essentially the entire population of the endangered Whooping Crane winters at Aransas NWR in Texas. But when taken as a whole, the impact of the Refuge System is truly profound, supporting population-level numbers of numerous bird species. The System also helps implement the Endangered Species Act and other federal conservation laws. Jason A. Crotty is a birder and lawyer living in Portland, Oregon.

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Listening to Falcons: The Peregrines of Tom Cade

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And hacking would, in time, become the basis of saving one of the most endangered raptors on earth–the Peregrine Falcon. Done properly, a young hawk is curtailed in a growing compulsion to fly greater distances and hunt for herself by a process sometimes called “manning.” ” Cade was later to comment, “1951 was when I first saw the high-flying style of hunting performed by the wilderness-inhabiting Peregrines of Alaska.”

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Short-eared Owl at Plum Beach, Brooklyn

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Because of the range and population BirdLife International lists Asio flammeus as a Species of Least Concern. In New York State , however, the Short-eared Owl is considered an endangered species and it has likely been extirpated as a breeder in several of its former strongholds. Because Short-eared Owls are most active at dawn and dusk when they hunt fields and marshes for the rodents that sustain them it is difficult to get images of them in daylight.

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Tell Congress To Fully Fund The Land And Water Conservation Fund

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As a result, America’s national parks are now at a higher risk of private development within their borders, we will have fewer tools to protect access to hunting and fishing spots, and local parks and open space projects in all 50 states may face delays or cancellation in the year ahead.”

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From Today's New York Times

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They are also endangered by a loss of habitat, as energy companies encroach on more and more of their territory for oil and gas operations. But most important, they are beginning to starve, because the sea ice they depend on for hunting seals, their main food, is melting at a very rapid rate because of global warming. We must recognize the shortsighted nature of Governor Palin’s appeal not to list the polar bear as endangered. To the Editor: Re “ Bearing Up ” (Op-Ed, Jan.

The Horned Guan in Chiapas

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En route they will be “birding in nearly every country in mainland North and South America,” and, as they say on their excellent blog , “Our journey is about collecting valuable data on bird species, their status and distribution, current conservation issues, and more along the way. We hope that our journey will provide important information about many Neotropical bird species as well as inform conservation.”.

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Wakkerstroom, South Africa: It’s a Lark

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One thing you must do is hire a local guide, as while you can hunt for yourself you’ll see a hell of a lot more with one. This small bustard is perhaps the same species as the more widespread White-bellied Bustard, but if it is separate its a rare bird to see and pretty special. I’ve not made spectacular progress writing up my trip to Africa earlier this year, so perhaps I should get on that.