Sunday, 25 February 2018

Iranian Pit-stop Massacre?


Disturbing news that illegal poachers are killing around a million birds per year on a single conservation area (the Fereydunkenar lagoon) in Iran (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/25/one-million-birds-killed-illegally-iran-wetland-wildlife-site). The lagoon and 2 nearby waterbodies are used by a variety of (often endangered) bird species, as 're-fuelling' stops, in their energetically-demanding migration flights. It seems that the well-armed poachers operate with relative impunity to bring their 'catches' to market. Relatively safe 'stop-overs' are necessary for the continued existence of bird species that migrate over long distances.

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