The Threat to the Amazon’s birds
The latest news from IUCN Redlist regarding birds is not good. The risk of extinction for Amazonian birds has increased substantially:
07 June 2012
The risk of extinction has increased substantially for nearly 100 species of Amazonian birds, reveals the 2012 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ update for birds released today by BirdLife International. The new assessment is based on models projecting the extent and pattern of deforestation across the Amazon. You can find the article here.
This gloomy article made want to go birding in the Amazon before it is gone. The exuberance of the Amazon jungle is a compelling drive to get people to explore this disappearing eco-system, so I thought I would post some beautiful pictures of Amazonian birds.
A photo my wife took at Gareno Lodge, I call it mutual admiration:
A baby Spectacled Owl and a Homo sapiens that contributes to the destruction of the forest!
The destruction of the Amazon forest is due to the economic pressure that all of us exert as we participate in the consumption of resources needed to support life.
Here is a picture of many Cobalt-winged Parakeets and Orange-cheeked Parrots sharing some good mineral water without causing any harm to the environment:
Cobalt-winged Parakeet and Orange-cheeked Parrot
Here is another large group of Parrots and Parakeets flying without polluting the air:
Dusky-headed Parakeets – Mealy Amazon Parrots – Blue-capped Parrots
But wait, here is a barge full of oil drilling equipment floating next to me and of course they will cause lots of damage to the environment:
Barge-full of Oil Drilling Equipment
Here is a pair of harmless White-winged Swallows in Love:
Here is pair of loving-polluting humans:
Humans Polluting in the Napo River
Here is a Hoatzin making-it in the jungle:
A beautiful Large-billed Tern flies by:
A pair of Capped Herons resting near the Napo River while I rest in Manatee Amazon Explorer:
A rare Moriche Oriole shows up at Sani Lodge:
A beautiful Pale-vented Pigeon displays at Sani Lodge:
A White-necked Puffbird panting next to me at the Jatun Sacha Observation Tower:
A new sunrise at the Jatun Sacha Observation Tower:
Beautiful Sunrise at observation tower in Jatun Sacha Reserve near Tena. Only for the brave!
So what are you waiting for; come and visit the Amazon before we spoil it!
Oil extraction near Napo River