Saturday, May 29, 2010

Mixed Feeding Flock, #12

Not a lot of happy news to report these days, thanks to the Gulf oil leak and other events.

McClatchy's Renee Schoof reports here on how the leak threatens the Gulf's already endangered species, from turtles and tuna to birds and plankton. She writes: "The contamination, some say, is likely to undo years of work that brought some wildlife, such as the brown pelican, back from the brink of extinction."  Ugh.

Ugh also to the news from BirdLife International that the Alaotra Grebe is now officially considered extinct, according to the 2010 IUCN Red List. It was done in by invasive species - in this case, carnivorous fish introduced into its habitat in eastern Madagascar. It was - was - a beautiful bird.

In happier news, here's a New York Times article about amazing migrators, like the Arctic Tern and Bar-Tailed Godwit.

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone!  


Dave said...

I through our television out the more bad news this weekend, only birds!

Dave said...

Actually, the Doodles told me I "THREW" our television out...publik skool ya know...