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Polar Bears Listed as 'Threatened'

This is the first time that a species has been listed under the Endanagered Species Act in US, as a direct result of Global Warming. The polar bear depends on sea ice, as part of its habitat, and the sea ice is melting! No doubt, there will be more debate on this subject after today's historic announcement.....

Polar Bears Listed as 'Threatened'

Jane Kay, Chronicle Environment Writer

Wednesday, May 14, 200

(05-14) 12:59 PDT WASHINGTON -- Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne announced Wednesday that the U.S. government will list the polar bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, making it the first animal species to win protections because of threats from global warming.

The Arctic sea ice is vital to the bear's survival, its habitat has dramatically melted and computer models show that the pack ice is likely to continue melting in the foreseeable future, Kempthorne said.

Environmental groups had pressed the Bush administration to list the polar bear in hope that it would force the U.S. government to pass restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions from factories, utilities and vehicles, saying that strategy is the only way to avoid the harshest effects of climate change.

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Injured eagle to receive artificial replacement beak

Conservation & Preservation

By Nicholas K. Geranios
Associated Press writer
May 3, 2008

"Give me an hour with a third or sixth grader and they will never shoot a raptor." - Jane Fink Cantwell

ST. MARIES, Idaho — The eagle is named Beauty, although she is anything but.

Beauty's beak was partially shot off several years ago, leaving her with a stump that is useless for hunting food. A team of volunteers is working to attach an artificial beak to the disfigured bird, in an effort to keep her alive.

"For Beauty it's like using only one chopstick to eat. It can't be done" said biologist Jane Fink Cantwell, who operates a raptor recovery center in this Idaho Panhandle town. "She has trouble drinking. She can't preen her feathers. That's all about to change."
Cantwell has spent the past two years assembling a team to design and build an artificial beak for Beauty, and it is due to be attached this month. With the beak, the 7-year-old bald eagle could live to the age of 50, although not in the wild.

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The Red List 2008 is Coming

Wildlife News

18-04-2008
Birdlife International

 

“Reassessing the status of 10,000 species has been a massive undertaking" —Dr Stuart Butchart, BirdLife's Global Research Coordinator

 

May 19 will see the release of the 2008 IUCN Red List for birds. Occurring every four years, this full update is a global assessment of every bird species on earth: a complete inventory of the conservation status of the world’s avifauna.

For birds, the Red List is maintained by BirdLife International for IUCN, and with one in eight of the world’s 10,000 species at risk of extinction, compiling an accurate and fully documented list is time consuming but vital for planning conservation action. But what goes into a Red List update?

“BirdLife staff have had to assimilate and sift through a huge amount of data. These assessments cite a total of 12,500 references, and include information from 2,800 new published sources as well as from 3,000 unpublished reports”, says Jez Bird, BirdLife’s Global Species Officer.

“We have also received input from a huge number of scientists, conservationists and birdwatchers, both in the BirdLife Partnership and a broader network of collaborating organisations and IUCN specialist groups, with 1,400 reviews received from over 1,000 species experts”, Jez adds.

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The Red List is Coming

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Hummingbird Articles

Wildlife NewsFor those of you interested in humming birds (and who speak Spanish), our member jwnix tells us of an announcement by Sociedad de Ornitologia Neotropial:

The contents of Ornitologia Neotropical vol. 1-13 (2002) are now
available online as pdf files free of charge!

http://www.neotropicalornithology.org/revista/revista.html
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Colossal Squid to come out of the Freezer

Interest in the dissection from the wider scientific community, never mind the public, is likely to be huge. The thawing and subsequent dissection will feature in a live webcast.

Technicians in New Zealand have postponed until Monday the delicate process of defrosting a colossal squid caught in Antarctic waters last year.

The Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni specimen, caught in February in Antarctic waters, is 10m (33ft) long and weighs over half a tonne.
The riddle for technicians at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa centre has been how to thaw the squid without any parts of its body starting to rot.

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