Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Over 1221 Bird Species Face Extinction
I think most people hear the news about endangered species and don't think to much about it. Maybe they assume that it is an isolated case, maybe they look at the specific species for its less than desirable traits, maybe they assume that if they cared they would have to change their behavior. I don't know why most people look the other way. When I see reports like this I can't possibly look the away! Birdlife International has released their annual Red List update. The Red list takes into account population size, population trends and range size for all 10,000 bird species worldwide and identifies those species that are threatened with extinction. The bottom line - 1221 species are listed as theatened with extinction and another 812 near threatened. This is an amazing 22% of all bird species on the planet! How can we let this happen? While this is going on, and extinctions are accellerating, our government is trying to water down the endangered species act. When will we learn that the human population is dependent upon healthy ecosystems? The article does highlight some success stories, but only when specific programs are put in place. Write your government representatives to increas protections, contribute to conservation groups, volunteer for conservation, decrease your carbon footprint, at least do something!