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Last bird species declared extinct was a grebe. Now another one needs your help

Last bird species declared extinct was a grebe. Now another one needs your help

Two Hooded Grebes slaughtered by mink at Laguna El Cervecero © Ignacio Roesler As part of the immediate conservation action Aves Argentinas is coordinating, a team of scientists and conservationists including staff from Aves Argentinas, Ambiente Sur and CONICET are currently in the field attempting to prevent predation at several known colonies this breeding season. Measures to control mink and reduce predation by gulls are being prioritised and wherever breeding populations are located, they plan to set up ’round the clock’ watches to protect the nesting birds. Climate change is also a major threat to this species and its habitat: anecdotal reports suggest that recent winter snowfall has been much reduced, without a corresponding increase in precipitation at other times. Many of the lakes surveyed last year were found to be dry or becoming clogged with silt as a result of...

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