Sunday, February 3, 2008

Audubon ranks Florida fourth in number of bird species in peril

Tampa Bay Online reports here on a watch list released by the National Audubon Society finding that Florida ranks fourth, after Hawaii, California and Texas, for the number of species that have professional bird-watchers worried. A total of 68 species of Florida birds appear on the list as being at risk of extinction or in serious decline, including the Red Knot, Scrub Jay (pictured), red-cockaded woodpecker and reddish egret.
"We think of extinction as something going on in the Brazilian rain forest or in Africa," said Ann Paul, Audubon of Florida's regional coordinator for Tampa Bay. "But, we see extinction going on, in that species are getting rare ... right here in Florida."

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