Grey parrots are endangered and their populations are collapsing across Africa — except for one small oceanic island. Why?
According to a number of recent studies (for example, this one from 2020), the world’s wild parrots are on a fast track towards extinction, and it’s all our fault. According to that 2020 study, we are not setting aside enough protected spaces to protect parrots, few of these protected spaces are located where wild parrots actually live, and fewer still are large enough for wild parrots to actually comfortably live within.
A recent study finds that parrots will rapidly go extinct if we allow deforestation, agriculture and poaching to continue unabated
. . . Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.
— Joni Mitchell, Big Yellow Taxi © Crazy Crow Music
People love parrots for their intelligence, their ability to mimic the human voice, and for their beauty, but at the same time, we are rapidly persecuting them into extinction. According to BirdLife International…
Conservation of nature is as important for human happiness and well-being as financial security
I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery — air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”
— Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
There is growing evidence that exposure to nature, particularly for those who live in urban areas, is essential to human happiness and well-being. But what precisely is it about nature that is essential for happiness: is it the presence of trees? proximity to a body of…
Sudden changes in bird songs and plumage colors provides female songbirds with mate choices that can rapidly lead to establishment of new species in closely related birds — a finding that challenges the typical model of how new species form
Speciation — the process underlying how one species becomes two — is a poorly understood but critically important evolutionary process that creates and defines all living things. My enduring passion to understand this seemingly straightforward mechanism is certainly what lured me into a career in science. …
Some birds may develop unique behaviors to deal with extreme heat created by global warming
Global climate change is giving rise to a variety of rapid and diverse impacts, including shifts in growing seasons, food sources and species distributions and, as we all can attest, extreme climate events are becoming ever more common and harmful.
Even with all our modern technologies, people — especially residents of urban areas — are barely coping with this onslaught of severe heat, but what about animals? How do they cope? Many animals decrease their activity…
Exotic pets — companion animals that are not native to the area where they are kept — can become invasive pests when they escape or are released by pet owners, breeders, collectors and wholesalers
It’s no secret that the global market for exotic pets is large and growing, particularly recently, because so many of us stayed home for the past year to comply with the coronavirus pandemic quarantine restrictions.
Although ‘fake news’ and misinformation are big problems for human society and addressing it is a big challenge, the same ‘fake news’ misinformation tactics can be used to trick invasive predators into ignoring a meal
Invasive predators, particularly feral and free-roaming house cats, can be found almost everywhere that people have ever visited or now live, and they are killing one species after another, causing many to become endangered or even extinct (i.e.; see here). At the same time, the public overwhelmingly wants to protect feral and free-roaming cats from lethal…
But surprisingly, only half of all birders have ever heard of certified Bird-Friendly coffees
A little more than one year ago, a study reported that North America lost 3 billion birds in less than 50 years (more here). One of the foremost reasons for this dramatic decline in birds was habitat destruction due to human activities such as logging, farming and mining. …
An extinct and previously unknown species of goose has been identified from an ancient Egyptian painting that once adorned the walls of a mastaba, or tomb, according to a recently published analysis. This mudbrick tomb was the final resting place of Nefermaat, a prince in Egypt’s Fourth Dynasty (c. 2600 BCE), and his wife, Itet (Figure 1).
The Guam kingfisher has been extinct in the wild for more than 30 years but thanks to intense conservation efforts, it now stands on the brink of being released back into the wild
NOTE: Originally published under the title: “Extinct Guam Kingfisher Provides Blueprint For Reintroducing Other Long-Lost Animals”
The Guam kingfisher, or ‘sihek’ as it’s known by the Chamorros, the indigenous people living on Guam, is becoming a symbol of conservation hope these days. …
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