Thursday, September 13, 2007

More birds than ever face extinction

Whooping Cranes remain endangered.

"As the 2007 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species reveals the scale of the escalating extinction crisis occurring across the planet, an unobtrusive parakeet from Mauritius is showing that, with funding and dedicated fieldworkers, species can recover from the brink of extinction. Released today, the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species reveals that unprecedented numbers of species are now threatened with extinction. For birds, the Red List is maintained by BirdLife International, who report that 1,221 species are considered threatened with extinction. The overall conservation status of the world's birds has deteriorated steadily since 1988, when they were first comprehensively assessed."

Link: Full Article from BirdLife International

Link: IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Whooping Crane © 2007 Mike McDowell

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