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  Yet Another Species Now Gone, Forever
by Mr. Ed
Thursday, June 10, 2010
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"No hope now remains for this species;

It is another example of how human actions,

Can have horrendous consequences.”

 

Leon Bennun,

BirdLife International

 

Music: I Will Remember You

 

 

Yet one more bird species, gone forever

We are now killing, far too many of them

If we all don’t become much better stewards

Far more earthly neighbors, will meet their end

 

This beautiful aquatic bird was called Rusty Grebe

It had survived, only in a tiny corner of Madagascar

Killed off by habitat destruction and plastic fishing nets

And, man’s introduction of an invasive species, from afar

 

The International Union for Conservation of Nature

Has now officially, and very sadly, listed it as ‘Extinct’

This now brings their ‘Extinct Bird Species’ total to 132

And horrendously, they list another 190, as ‘On the Brink’

 

All marsh and wetland birds are now the most threatened

Since we now continue to drain, poison, and pollute them

Very sadly, the Brown Pelican, now being mired in Gulf Oil

Could very well be the next endangered bird, to meet its end

 

 

A wondrous waterfowl that lived for centuries in a tiny corner of Madagascar has now been officially declared - Extinct. The Alaotra Grebe (Tachybaptus rufolavatus), also called the Rusty Grebe, had been extremely vulnerable, as it was found only in Lake Alaotra, eastern Madagascar, says the Swiss-based International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which compiles its ‘Red List of Earth’s Endangered Species.’

This beautiful bird has been completely wiped out by our never ending habitat destruction, by the introduction of a carnivorous fish called the snakehead murrel, and by mankind’s multiplying plastic fishing nets, which horrendously caught and drowned far too many of them.

We must all now hope and pray that Louisiana’s extremely endangered Brown Pelican, now being coated in life-ending oil, will not meet a similar horrendous fate.

As of Monday, over 600 dead birds have already been found on our Gulf Coast, and the numbers will sadly continue to increase. And no one even knows how many of their not yet hatched eggs are also now mired in oil, with no hope of survival, at all.

And, we should never forget what we have already done to the Rusty Grebe, and to far too many of our other nonhuman neighbors on this planet.

Yet another wondrous bird, now gone,

We are now killing, far too many of them;

If we all don’t become much better stewards,

Far more species, will very soon, meet their end.

 

©2010, Mr. Ed
  


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Reviewed by Michael Guy 6/15/2010
multiplying plastic fishing nets, which horrendously caught and drowned far too many of them."
and if we think plastic litter is bad you ain't seen horror yet until you've found the spectral nightmare of an abandoned plastic fishing net washed up on your beach complete with it's incidental drifting victims remains.

Sad for that Grebe of which other types of Grebes here in the U.S. are getting scarce. And the Brown Pelican: IF Florida goes under that damn oil blanket to any great extent the Pelican is definitely done for. Better pray we don't. Even with Florida untouched they have been rapidly decreasing in numbers since the 70's when they used to fly in long columns over the beaches...
The worst: the suffering covered in that oil. It must be intense. Sadly, they don't die quickly.
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 6/14/2010
Sad scenario of global magnititude
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 6/12/2010
The well of life is drying up one drop at a time. Never to be refilled. Patrick
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 6/12/2010
Ed, I just cry out inside for our wildlife, truly so sad! and this gulf devistation is unbearbable to think about~
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 6/10/2010
Only have seen pelicans on TV or the one time I was in Florida, but there were none too many even then...Ed
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 6/10/2010
We are losing so many in such a short time it becomes difficult to keep up. These are all God's creatures too and yet we look away. Yes, now the Brown Pelican and countless other speciies being washed up to shore covered in oil. Some legacy to leave behind...

Be always safe,
Karen
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 6/10/2010
War graves there should be for these galant soldiers of life, that bravely tried just to live with the bare naked nature confronting them, with no weapons to defend themselves against our onslaught of greed, and the fear to confront those that would harm them.
A very sad thank you my friend! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Felix Perry 6/10/2010
Sad to think that man can wipe out entire species and it makes you wonder when we will finally wipe out our own...
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Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 6/10/2010
what a sad, sad situation and sadly, few seem alarmed
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 6/10/2010
This is so sad, Ed.
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 6/10/2010
What a sad state of affairs..All our creatures are perishing we are next Ed you know that don't you?//

Much peace, love and light,
Amber "V"

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