26 Mar '12, 12pm

Midway: A Symbol of Hope for Planet Earth

Midway: A Symbol of Hope for Planet Earth

Despite its location, or perhaps because of it, It is a vital place for many threatened and endangered species including Laysan Albatross, Black-Footed Albatross, Green sea turtles, Hawaiian Monk Seals and many other species. But Midway is at risk from outside influences as well. Sea level rise and stronger storms due to climate change are very real threats. The tsunami that resulted from the earthquake in Japan in March of 2011 had devastating effects for the nesting birds. Many were killed in the wave or buried in debris. Plastic kills thousands of birds every year as it is mistaken as food and eaten or fed to chicks. Invasive species like verbesina, the roots of which loosen soil, collapse the dens of burrowing birds, killing chicks. The non-native ironwood trees kill albatross that get tangled in the branches, and white terns lay their eggs in the branches where they t...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/endangered-species/midway-symbo...

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