Extinction Week Recap

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Extinction endures long past regret or even memory. More than most could imagine, as Duncan estimated when pondering why this site is not called 12,000 Birds : The Holocene Extinction Event, the one we’re living in right now, is by custom divided into two parts, the prehistoric extinctions and the modern age, which begins somewhere around 1500 AD, coinciding with the beginning of the European Age of Discovery. Australia’s extinct and threatened bird species.

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. It is obvious that hunting is NOT conservation.

Come@Me: Don’t Mourn for Extinct Birds

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Mauritius may sound familiar, it was also the home of one of our most famous extinct birds—the Dodo. Is it any wonder that Pink Pigeons were on the brink of extinction when humans intervened? Because, it has been much more valuable as a cultural icon, a symbol of whimsey and extinction.

Extinction Week on 10,000 Birds

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They are all extinct. They all went extinct since 1500 and they are only eight of the nearly two hundred species that have blinked out since then. And, yeah, they’re all extinct too. This dirge for the extinct. What right do we have to even exist when our very existence as humanity is what has caused a rate of extinction not seen except during cataclysmic events? And it is a rate of extinction that is speeding up! Extinction is forever.

Thought To Be Extinct For 100 Years

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The W hite-winged guan ( Penelope albipennis ) was thought to be extinct for 100 years. The story of the White-winged Guan , in some ways resembles the re-discovery of some species thought to be extinct. The Guan was declared extinct. The decades of storage in a museum came after it was regarded as an extinct species. There were reasons to think that the White-winged Guan had been extirpated by over-hunting. … Extinction is forever.

Mega Rarity Tour of New Zealand – Extinction Special

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This fish hunting duck ranges from the northern tip of New Zealand to the sub-Antarctic Auckland Islands (after which it was first named) but is common nowhere. The North Island Adzebill is one such endemic, a massive member of an endemic family related to the Kagu and Sungrebe, this large forest floor predator should be an easy find here, hunting tuatara and weta (we’ll open a couple of Tuatara Beers to celebrate). … Extinction is forever.

Which Bird Species Have Gone Extinct in Costa Rica?

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When Costa Rica becomes a topic of conversation, we don’t usually hear the word “extinction” being thrown around. You might hear talk about beaches, zip lines, lack of traffic signs (seriously), and volcano visits but extinction? … Extinction is forever. It is correct, of course, to think of extinction this way during the Holocene Extinction, which we are living through right now. But, in the wider view of things, extinction is necessary.

Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record: A Book Review

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Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record by Errol Fuller is one of these books. Yes, it is about extinction, a popular topic in the Year of the Passenger Pigeon. But it examines extinction in a very different way. Most of the books about extinction, including Fuller’s Extinct Birds (now, ironically, out of print), describe what was lost and look for explanations, scientifically and historically. There is hope because extinction is being witnessed.

Kamikaze Pigeons and a War to Extinction

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APRIL 12: Second flight of a b h and then she hunts. Tomorrow kamikaze and war to extinction.” ” Falcons do hunt pigeons, we all know that, but what is a Kamikaze pigeon? And a war to extinction?? A Hooded Crow. Two Feral Pigeons. Three Feral Pigeons. One more Hooded Crow. And so on… not much of a birding day, heh? One more Feral Pigeon. I am inside the city of Belgrade, checking the theoretically possible Peregrine Falcon site.

Quagga: Can an Extinct Animal be Bred Back into Existence?

Nature Conservancy - Science

There’s one major issue: the quagga has been extinct since 1883. De-extinction – resurrecting species that have disappeared – has become a popular if contentious idea in conservation circles. As a child, I remember staring at a picture of a quagga in a book of extinct animals.

Shorebirds Are Still Being Hunted, Often Legally

Nature Conservancy - Science

This event brought widespread attention to the fact that people are still hunting shorebirds for recreation and subsistence in parts of the world. The Snipe Hunt: Myth and Reality. 1910: The Shea White Plumage Act protected egrets, herons, gulls, and terns from feather hunting.

What Causes Animals to Become Extinct?

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As a species appears and increases in population, it always contains some injurious element that will at some point, under some pressure, cause its demise and extinction. . As a general matter, we needn’t be surprised or alarmed by extinction and rarity of species.

A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction

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While the Dodo and the Triceratops may be more famous for being extinct, the scale of the slaughter required to eradicate billions of birds makes this species perhaps the most enduring symbol of our culture’s predilection for waste and folly. ” If the book has a weakness, it is in the final chapter, where the author takes on the current extinction event as a whole. Reviews book review extinction passenger pigeon

Peak passenger pigeon – looking at “Martha” after a century extinct

Green Prophet

Read more as we attempt to solve this extinction mystery. I moved from cetaceans to insects to endangered species and finally to extinct animals. Surely someone must know what caused them to go extinct. Flocking in such large numbers, they were easy to hunt.

Is Sport Hunting on its Way Out in Israel?

Green Prophet

Wild Boars are hunted illegally as well. Wildlife in Israel have always been under threat from economic over-development and hunting, including poaching by migrant farm workers. Local Druze for instance are hunting porcupine to extinction.

Burning for Biodiversity: How Hunting Promotes Healthy Ecosystems in the Australian Desert

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Hunting and fire — wartilpa and waru — are inextricably linked for the Martu people, the traditional owners of the Western Desert. In winter, the Martu burn as they hunt to clear away the spinifex grass, making it easier to locate goanna burrows and tracks in the rust-colored sands.

Saudi prince slaughters 2,100 nearly extinct birds – for thrills?

Green Prophet

A Saudi prince poached thousands of protected birds during a 21-day hunting safari in Pakistan, so claims a new report. The bird meat is considered an aphrodisiac, which may explain why the men hunt.

‘Arabian Ark’ is saving UAE wildlife from extinction

Green Prophet

Oryx, giraffes and cheetahs – species once facing regional extinction – are making a robust reappearance on a desert island off the coast of Abu Dhabi. The antelope-like oryx once roamed freely across the Arabian Peninsula but rampant hunting made the species extinct in the wild.

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Putting an End to Animal and Plant Extinction

Hug a Tree with Me

Our negative and selfish action has resulting in the extinction and the endangerment of animals and plants around the world. It is heart breaking to think that we humans are responsible for wiping out an entire species, it barley seems possible, but it is true.

The Cactus Smuggler: Are Desert Plants Being Loved to Extinction?

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A Treasure Hunt for Prairie Wildflowers. Goettsch is also the lead author on a recent paper, “ High proportion of cactus species threatened with extinction ,” published in the journal Nature Plants. Some cacti are already likely extinct in the wild.

Blind Shrimp Spared from Extinction at Bible Zoo in Jerusalem

Green Prophet

Human development has put this blind shrimp, or prawn to be more precise ( Typhlocaris Galilea ), at severe risk of extinction. It’s so endangered and hunted so that’s why we are seeing an influx into Israel,” says Wexler.

How President Herbert Hoover Helped Save the Koala

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Koalas were almost hunted to extinction last century, until American President Herbert Hoover helped put a stop to the trade. Wildlife Asia Pacific Endangered Species Natural History

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Fatwa saves tigers! Hunting rare creatures, dear Muslims, is now Haram

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Watch and see, because the Indonesian Council of Clerics (ICC), the country’s highest Islamic body, has just proclaimed that hunting endangered animals is haram ! . Could a fatwa , a religious Muslim order, save a tiger?

Hunting Goes Green? Indeed It Has!

Eco Friendly Daily

Second, I am not against hunting. Humans have been hunting for thousands upon thousands of years. If it was not for our skill in hunting, we would have gone extinct long ago. However, if you are hunting to put a trophy on your wall, then there is no excuse for it.

Scientists Search For Extinct Amphibian Species

Eco Friendly Daily

It is now well known that amphibian species worldwide are threatened with extinction due to the fungal disease called chytridiomycosis. Overall, one third of all amphibian species are threatened with extinction.

Burying the Tooth: Day 24.

Elephant Journal

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress, may be judged by the way its animals are treated.” - Mahatma Gandhi.

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Stay The Extinction Of Egypt's Sacred Cats

Green Prophet

Now, not only do sickly stray cats slink through the capital, but the country is facing widespread extinction of its wild felines. The cheetah went extinct in the 1980s while the leopard is listed as critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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EU To Take Action Against Swedish Wolf Hunts

Eco Friendly Daily

Such debates recently led to the first hunt in years of wolves in the western United States, a scenario which is being repeated overseas. According to the World Wildlife Fund, wolves in Scandinavia are threatened by a low genetic variance which could lead to their extinction.

Rare Tortoises Face Extinction In Madagascar

Eco Friendly Daily

Illegal hunting is helping this process along. Madagascar is an island of unique flora and fauna. From rain forests to spiny forests to mangroves, the country has an amazing diversity of ecosystems.

Extinct bear gives journalists another excuse to rail veganism

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Each will weave the sad tale of a bear that had the means to be a top-of-the-food-chain predator, but suffered extinction by choosing to nosh on plants instead. Hopefully it’s these anti-vegan themes in journalism that can go extinct next.

Genetic Engineers and Conservation Biologists: Scenes From a First Date

Nature Conservancy - Science

Sipping coffee one morning in early April, my eyes quickly darted to an article in my city newspaper by our local hunting columnist entitled “De-extinction coming to Montana.” And de-extinction? Extinction may not be forever.

IUCN Updates Red List; 25 Percent Of Mammals In Danger Of Extinction

Eco Friendly Daily

Nearly hunted to extinction in the 1800s, the white rhinoceros has made a spectacular comeback. According to many scientists, we are likely in the beginning stages of a global mass extinction. According to the IUCN, the species is now officially extinct.

New Study: Polar Bears Can Still Be Saved From Extinction; Steep Emissions Cuts Needed

Green (Living) Review

According to the study, the polar bear faces an overwhelming likelihood of extinction throughout much its range by mid-century and a high risk of global extinction by century’s end, if current greenhouse emission trends continue. But if total atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are stabilized by the end of this decade, extinction risk for the species drops substantially, according to the study.

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Comebackers

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If you ask this Great Ornithologist, extinction is an extremely depressing issue. 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. Not only were they a common bird, they were a common bird nearshore; indigenous peoples hunted them up and down the coast. Now if only this drought will come to an end… … Extinction is forever.

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Trumpeter Swans: Don’t Shoot Them

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Around the middle of the 20th century they had almost gone extinct. They were heavily hunted as food, and for the feathers. Birds Conservation Cygnus buccinator hunting Minnesota Trumpeter Swan Many years ago, back in the 1970s, I visited my sister, who lived in West Yellowstone, Montana, in the dead of winter. We rented snow mobiles and drove into Yellowstone. That was the only way to get into Yellowstone in the winter (other than walking).

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New Zealand Storm-petrels; Back from the Dead

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There are few stories in ornithology I enjoy more than those of a Lazarus taxon, a species thought to be extinct being found alive and well in some hidden part of the world. Birding Conservation extinction genetics rediscovery

Use it or lose it?

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The first most readers have probably been aware of, the cheerleader hunter who has been in the news for, well, hunting game animals and being attractive and blonde. Loggers might get, let’s say, $400 dollars for stripping out a forest, where a community might make the equivalent of $2000 dollars a year through foraging, gathering and hunting (the particulars vary). Unsustainable hunting leads to extinction. Sustainable hunting doesn’t.

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5,000-Year-Old Leopard Trap Discovered in Israel’s Negev Desert

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Today there are no more leopards left to hunt in the Negev desert. The last was seen in one decade ago, and they are almost extinct in neighboring Jordan as well. :: Live Science. Travel ancient desert dwellers Bedouin hunting leopard negev traps

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5 Fun Facts About Animals in ‘North America’

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The elusive RCW has been forced to the brink of extinction , and was extirpated, or locally extinct, at The Disney Wilderness Preserve in Florida for decades. Here’s one not-so-fun fact: American bison were once hunted to near-extinction.

Acclimatisation Societies of New Zealand

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Secondly, New Zealand had already experienced on wave of extinction due to the introduction or rats and human hunting. Useful species were ones you could eat, or hunt, or preferably both, which is why New Zealand had several species of deer, the alpine goat-antelopes known as the Chamois and the Himalayan Tahr introduced. Brown Quail are related to the extinct New Zealand Quail. Conservation Invasive Species Week New Zealand Conservation New Zealand extinctions

Maltese Hunters Legally Massacre Egypt’s Protected Birds (Video)

Green Prophet

But last year in December the government re-opened the country to what seems to be a permanent hunting season without any kind of regulatory oversight, leaving Maltese hunters and others free to conduct wild killing sprees that frequently result in the deaths of untold numbers of birds.

Review: The Wild Duck Chase

Nature Conservancy - Science

If you don’t hunt ducks, you likely haven’t even heard of the Federal Duck Stamp Contest , a federal program that has conserved millions of acres and saved species once considered doomed for extinction. Fewer people are duck hunting, meaning a significant decrease in revenues.

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Dubai Marine Life At Risk After Devastating Shark Catch

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Despite a shark fishing ban from January to April, seriously endangered shark species are being put at risk by fishers who continue to hunt them down in the United Arab Emirates. Travel & Nature extinction Marine ecosystem marine environment marine protection Sharks