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Black clouds on the horizon for birds of the world
Wednesday, September 24 2008 @ 06:36 PM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
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Conservation From field sparrows to boreal chickadees, 20 of the most common species in North America are being decimated, report warns

MARTIN MITTELSTAEDT
Globe and Mail, September 23, 2008 at 4:27 AM EDT

There has been a precipitous decline of more than 50 per cent in the populations of 20 of the most common North American birds over the past four decades, alarming conservationists, who say the trend is an indicator of a serious deterioration in the environment.

The figures were in the State of the World's Birds, a report released yesterday and posted on a related website. Canadian and U.S. figures showing the decline were based in part on the annual Christmas bird counts compiled by thousands of volunteers across North America, and on a separate breeding bird survey.

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16 Seram (Moluccan) Cockatoos and 4 Purple-Naped Lories Released Back to the Wild
Thursday, April 17 2008 @ 07:54 PM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
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Conservation April 9, 2008 -- The illegal wild bird trade remains rampant in Indonesia, and includes a number of parrot species; populations of some of these are considered vulnerable to future extinction.

Enforcement of laws protecting parrots is critical, and such interdiction has recently been stepped up in Central Maluku by officers ofBKSDA (Conservation and Natural Resources) and the Department of Forestry.However, the problem then remains as to the disposition of birds captured by government authorities.

Some of these birds cannot be returned to the wild for various reasons, but a select sub-population can be released if they meet criteria set forth by IUCN (the World Conservation Union) and CITES (Convention on the Trade in Endangered Species). The Indonesian Parrot Project has now carried out three such parrot releases.

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Million acres of Guyanese rainforest to be saved in groundbreaking deal
Friday, March 28 2008 @ 06:22 PM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
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Conservation The Iwokrama reserve, part of one of the last four intact rainforests in the world

By Daniel Howden, Deputy Foreign Editor
Thursday, 27 March 2008

A deal has been agreed that will place a financial value on rainforests paying, for the first time, for their upkeep as "utilities" that provide vital services such as rainfall generation, carbon storage and climate regulation.

The agreement, to be announced tomorrow in New York, will secure the future of one million acres of pristine rainforest in Guyana, the first move of its kind, and will open the way for financial markets to play a key role in safeguarding the fate of the world's forests.

The initiative follows Guyana's extraordinary offer, revealed in The Independent in November, to place its entire standing forest under the protection of a British-led international body in return for development aid.

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Law enforcement fails Bolivia's parrots
Thursday, December 13 2007 @ 04:16 PM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
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Conservation 13-12-2007

In a recently published paper, Asociacion Armonia (BirdLife in Bolivia) monitored the wild birds which passed through a pet market in Santa Cruz between August 2004 to July 2005, and recorded nearly 7,300 individuals of 31 parrot species, of which four were threatened species [1].

There are four other pet markets in Santa Cruz, all of which may be handling similar numbers of parrots, and Armonia expects that the situation is comparable in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba.

“We believe our study describes only a small proportion of the Bolivian parrot trade, underscoring the potential extent of the illegal pet trade and the need for better Bolivian law enforcement”, said Armonia’s Executive Director, Bennett Hennessey

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Exotic Parrots Return to Cook Islands
Saturday, October 06 2007 @ 01:50 AM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
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Conservation WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Two centuries after a dazzlingly feathered parrot called the Rimitara lorikeet disappeared from the Cook Islands, a breeding colony of the birds has been re-established with the help of the islands' royalty.

About 100 years ago after the parrots died out on the Cook Islands, the queen of Rimitara Island in French Polynesia to the east issued a royal decree that locals say saved the last naturally occurring population of the lorikeet, one of the Pacific's most beautiful parrots.

The decree prevented lorikeets from being caught and removed from Rimitara.

But now her royal counterpart, Queen Rongomatane of Atiu in the Cook Islands, has accompanied 27 of the birds on the journey back to her island.

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Land Purchase Helps to Save Endangered Parrot
Sunday, March 25 2007 @ 04:52 PM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
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Conservation American Bird Conservancy has teamed up with the Brazilian conservation group Fundação Biodiversitas and the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund to purchase more than 3,000 acres of vital habitat to protect the Lear’s Macaw, one of the worlds’ most endangered birds. The project will protect key nesting sites; ensure their protection through hiring of forest guards, and support education efforts in local communities.

The Critically Endangered Lear's Macaw is one of the rarest and most spectacular of the world’s parrots, said George Fenwick, President of American Bird Conservancy. We are grateful for the support of the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund and the outstanding work of Biodiversitas to conserve a species that is on the brink of extinction.

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