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A sad day for anyone who cares.

Alaotra Grebe is officially extinct

Birdlife International appeal.

Dear Birder,

Today we announced that Alaotra Grebe is officially extinct on the Red List.

The Dodo is the undoubted ‘celebrity’ among extinct species with its depiction in books, cartoons and the well-used expression ‘Dead as a Dodo’. Less well known about the Dodo is that it heads up a group of single island flightless birds that became extinct either at the hands of man, or by the introduction of predators that came along with the arrival of people to their islands. More than 130 species of birds have become extinct since AD 1500, mostly because of human actions...

When BirdLife publicises news of threat or extinction the first question posed by the media will be: “Why should we care?” 


My comments in reponse to the Birdlife International appeal.

Every time we meddle we do more harm than good. Introducing sport fish for peoples pleasure killed off this superb bird. We must take responsibility for our actions. When we purchase an item we are responsible for how it was made and delivered. If we use pesticides we are responsible for the harm they do. In our gardens if you use slug pellets don't expect to hear Song Thrushes. We will cause more extinctions because of our greed & self interest. I can't explain how sad I am when I hear of an extintion but please lets turn this sad day into a turning point, please support all efforts to save our wonderful diverse wild life. Please support Birdlife International.

Please show you care. Comments Please.

Not the first Grebe to disapear in this way. I hope it's the last.


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