Deforestation in South America causes extinction of 8 bird species

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The Spix’s macaw, a bird many would recognize as the star of the animated film Rio, is officially extinct. The macaw was listed among eight other bird species that have gone extinct in South America in the 21st century in a new study conducted by BirdLife International. While the majority of bird extinctions are associated with island species sensitive to invasive organisms and hunting, these new extinctions are linked to a growing problem in South America: deforestation.
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Drone operators disturbing wildlife incur fines and jail time in Scotland

The number of cases in Scotland involving drone interference with animals on nature reserves has increased lately causing police and wildlife experts to become “increasingly concerned” for the welfare of the protected animals. Among the most intruded upon species are seals and several varieties of birds. While nature reserve managers and wildlife specialists are encouraging outsiders to watch and enjoy the nature and animals in the sanctuary, mounting numbers of injuries caused to the creatures as… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building