Category Archives: overpopulation

2016 Partners in Flight Landbird Conservation Plan


The updated Landbird Conservation Plan from Partners in Flight has just been released. As with previous iterations, the emphasis is on applying objective criteria to determine those species in most need of conservation, delineating the habitats within ecoregions important for … Continue reading

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The Waterthrush Podcast #20: Little Martha


Today, 1 September 2014, is the centenary of the death of Martha, the very last Passenger Pigeon.  In an op-ed published today by the New York Times, executive director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology John Fitzpatrick shares his thoughts … Continue reading

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Timothy Egan discovers “nature deficit disorder”


Illuminating piece (and discussion comments from readers) from Timothy Egan on the topic of nature deficit disorder.

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The Beauty of Carl Sagan. (Really? Yeah, really!)


I was there.  I walked that campus and slept through my classes and met my wife and pulled all-nighters to cram for my exams . . . while Carl Sagan was somewhere on that campus, thinking mind-expanding thoughts, inspiring a … Continue reading

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Australian Academy of Science on climate change


Elizabeth Finkel recently reported in ScienceInsider that the Australian Academy of Science has issued a report confirming their judgment that climate change is real, human-induced, and a serious problem. While public opinion wavers on the notion of human-induced climate change, … Continue reading

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Conservation Cornerstones July newsletter


Check out the latest newsletter of the the Center for Conservation Biology at the College of William and Mary.

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Alaotra Grebe confirmed extinct


Against the backdrop of the seemingly endless flow of oil from the Gulf of Mexico, the IUCN has announced the likely extinction of the Alaotra Grebe, an endemic species from brackish lakes in Madagascar. Matt Walker’s BBC article implicates widespread … Continue reading

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