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In Praise of the Lyrebird, Nature’s Greatest Voice Impersonator — TwistedSifter

In this post we marvel in awe at nature’s greatest voice impersonator, the lyrebird. Not only can it perfectly mimic the songs of other birds, but of any sound it hears in its environment. That means camera shutters, chainsaws, machines and more. Below you will find a compilation of the most popular lyrebird videos…

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Green Rising: Kiwi Upgraded to Vulnerable!

A northern brown kiwi in New Zealand
The kiwi, New Zealand’s flightless bird, has gotten a bit of a takeoff due to recent community efforts to upgrade the species’ status to vulnerable. Photo by Neil Robert Hutton (AP) via the Guardian.

A rare item of good news crossed my readings today, and I had to share. The kiwi, New Zealand’s flightless bird which was featured in OrdPhenom’s post on the extinct elephant bird, has been upgraded from endangered to vulnerable. A reminder of the spectrum of conservation status for species around the world can be found below.

Conservation status for species worldwide. Data classification by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Conservation efforts and community campaigns can and do work. It is a matter of a group working together jointly on making an impact, and forging a commitment to stay the course. More than 40 species of New Zealand birds have already gone extinct, but efforts to control predators of two species of the kiwi in particular (the Okarito kiwi and the northern brown kiwi) have shown to be successful.

Read this fascinating article by the Guardian on the impact on wildlife and agriculture around the world, and more on the “red list” of impacted species.

Stay inspired,

C x N

Source: The Guardian

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Picture of the Day: Jupiterrise — TwistedSifter

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Mai [Oct. 20, 2016, Sarah Loft] This image of the sunlit part of Jupiter and its swirling atmosphere was created by a citizen scientist (Alex Mai) using data from Juno’s JunoCam instrument. JunoCam’s raw images are available at http://www.missionjuno.swri.edu/junocam for the public to peruse and process into image products. JPL manages the…

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