art ecology science & animals
RARE UK BIRDS ‘VANISH’
—”Sky’s signal stopped suddenly on 10 September and Hope’s signal died three days later. Searches of the area have failed to find any trace of them.The tracking devices are designed to operate for at least three years. The scientists say it’s “improbable” that this is due to technical failure. The more likely cause is that the birds were killed by other animal predators, or humans.” read article: Threatened birds of prey ‘vanish’
EATING ENDANGERED SPECIES?
– “Native birds like the weka are in decline due to predation in the wild. Beattie is vocal about the fact that endangered native birds need to be farmed for consumption to help sustain the animal’s populations.” read article: Eating Endangered Species Might Be the Best Way to Save Them
GROWING THREAT TO AMERICAN BIRDS
—””Right now, about a third of all bird species in the US are in decline,” says Steve Holmer of the American Bird Conservancy, one of the 23 organisations that contributed to the State of the Birds report, the most comprehensive review of bird trends and data ever undertaken in the US.” read article: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-29116412
“Martha, a Passenger Pigeon” by Unknown – http://siarchives.si.edu/collections/siris_sic_11640. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons. Martha the last known passenger pigeon died one-hundred years ago this September. Marking the end of one of the most abundant bird species in the world.
— “one reason we’re able to change their status is that the risk has been reduced because their numbers are more spread out,” said billy brooks, the fish and wildlife biologist in charge of the wood stork recovery program. “they have improved their productivity by expanding their breeding range.” http://www.cbsnews.com/news/american-wood-stork-taken-off-endangered-list/
GUNNISON SAGE-GROUSE ON LEK