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biodiversity conservation

Save the animals — to save the humans

By Mark A. Bonta / March 20, 2020 / 0 Comments

The novel coronavirus sweeping the planet in 2020 has apparently followed a familiar path — from the depths of rainforests and other wild habitat to places human beings congregate, such as marketplaces and cooking hearths. We’ve already seen this happen with Ebola, which likely came to humans from chimpanzees used as “bush meat”; MERS, which […]

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Big news about the biggest animal ever: Blue whales are back

By Mark A. Bonta / March 6, 2020 / 0 Comments

The largest animal ever to have lived on Earth appears to be making a comeback.  Record numbers of the Antarctic blue whale have been tallied off South Georgia Island in the South Atlantic, spurring hopes that this species will join the recovery of humpbacks and other whales that were once decimated by commercial whaling. Whaling […]

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India has an ambitious new plan to protect hundreds of bird species

By Mark A. Bonta / February 26, 2020 / Comments Off on India has an ambitious new plan to protect hundreds of bird species

India’s government has released a draft of an ambitious, 10-year plan to protect hundreds of threatened and endangered bird species.   The draft is comprehensive, and includes recovery plans for endangered species, as well as a “landscape approach” that can protect birds in cities, and conserve critical habitat including wetlands and coastal regions.  Subcontinent of birds […]

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Things are looking up for the world’s rarest wading-bird species

By Mark A. Bonta / February 21, 2020 / Comments Off on Things are looking up for the world’s rarest wading-bird species

And now for some good news about the spoon-billed sandpiper, which has the dubious distinction of being the world’s rarest wading-bird species.  Conservationists netted several big wins in preserving habitat along the spoon-billed sandpiper’s migration route.  And scientists in the United Kingdom announced that they successfully bred the bird in captivity for the first time.   […]

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People are getting killed in the battle over Romania’s ancient forests

By Mark A. Bonta / February 14, 2020 / Comments Off on People are getting killed in the battle over Romania’s ancient forests

Romania’s forests are the oldest and wildest in Europe, but they are increasingly subject to destruction from illegal logging.  Now, a rash of violence against forest rangers has spurred mass protests in the capital, and promises of a government crackdown. Violence in the forest If you complain about illegal timber cutting in Romania, there is […]

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Is there any hope left for the world’s largest freshwater turtle?

By Mark A. Bonta / January 29, 2020 / Comments Off on Is there any hope left for the world’s largest freshwater turtle?

There are just three Yangtze giant softshell turtles left in the world.  Yet if a female can be found, the largest freshwater turtle on the planet just might not go extinct.  Decimated species  The turtle’s tale is already a sad one, with modernization and over-hunting essentially destroying the species.  Dams in Vietnam and China limited […]

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