Study reveals further declines for the world’s waterbirds

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria)
In the somber news category, the fourth edition of the Wetlands International report on waterbird species around the world has been released. It’s based on annual field surveys by 15,000 voluntary expert observers across hundreds of sites worldwide, including many IBA’s. Of the 878 species that they present estimates and trends for, 44% are either decreasing or have become extinct since the last edition was released 4 years ago.

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Solitary Sandpiper © 2006 Drew Weber