"No hope now remains for this species;
It is another example of how human actions,
Can have horrendous consequences.”
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