Grey Breasted Parakeet Project.

Grey-Breasted Parakeets are critically endangered due poaching but also due habitat a loss…This beautiful project  has helped to restore some smaller population numbers 🙂

 

http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-news/2014/08/13/grey-breasted-parakeet-population-discovered.aspx

Picture from Wikipedia: 

 

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Most important driver for bird extinctions since 1500

The following is shared via Birdlife International:

http://www.birdlife.org/

Invasive species were the most important driver of bird extinctions since 1500, being implicated in almost half of cases. Predation by introduced rats and cats and disease caused by introduced pathogens have been the most important impacts.

•Humans have been transporting animals and plants from one part of the world to another for thousands of years, sometimes deliberately as in the case of livestock, and companion animals such as cats and dogs and sometimes accidentally (for example rats escaping from boats). Often introduced species fail to establish themselves in the wild in new locations. However, a proportion thrives and spread. Such ‘invasive alien species’ may have catastrophic impacts on local fauna and flora. Invasive species can affect native ones by eating them, competing with them, hybridising with them, disrupting or destroying their habitat or, in the case of pathogens or parasites, by sickening or killing them. Over the last five hundred years, invasive alien species have been partly or wholly responsible for the extinction of at least 65 bird species, making this the most common contributory factor in recent losses to the world’s avifauna.

Read more:

http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/sowb/pressure/PRESS2

Picture by David Mudge.

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In 1350 the world population was 370 Million people.In 2012 we had 7.2 Billion.The estimation for 2050 is 9.6 Billion.

With more people come more pet animals and some of them are cats.As cats have been domesticated (like dogs) for about 12000 years and are as far away from their original ancestor they are not natural any longer.Same as a chihuahua is a long way away from the wolf.Therefore cats are pet animals like every other pet and must be contained as the amount of cats worldwide which has increased with more humans does great damage towards native wildlife  (there are earlier articles about that in this blog) and disturb the Biodiversity beyound repair.New Zealand has 11 extinct bird species in which cats (feral and free roaming) play the major part because they are very skilled hunters.Hawaii has also problems with bird extinctions due cats amongst other countries-some for which studies haven’t been done or published yet.Any other pet animal must be contained by their pet keeper except cats -which are the most dangerous soecies towards wildlife. It make sense to contain them and to regulate their numbers by mandatory neutering and chipping for the non-breeders who have no breeding license.Belgium has started successfully to contain cats with the help of cat keepers and wildlife is recovering. Cats can be kept in catio’s indoors or even walked on a leash.And trained to do that.Plus a cat will live longer if not exposed to free roaming out door live and will less likely become sick.There is plenty of good information on the Internet how to keep a cat happy indoors, where to buy or how to build a catio and how to leash train a cat.It’s time to apply the rules that cats must be kept contained like and other pet.

https://m.facebook.com/containcatsnz?refsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fcontaincatsnz

 

Fluffy Bums’ brings home a live bird; not because the cat is hungry, but because it is a natural, highly evolved predator. In this case the victim was an introduced thrush which was released by the owner. The bird may have survived if its skin surface was not penetrated by the cats teeth and saliva did not come in contact with the abrasions.

Most cats hunt instinctively, almost without purpose. While they have a small impact on rat populations, they hunt, harass and kill indiscriminately; predating birds, lizards and insects which are frequently native species. ‘Containing cats’ is about controlling and restricting predatory behaviours to protect important and vulnerable species while creating safer environments for NZs favourite pet.

photo by Peter Langlands Wild Capture (NZ) 2014

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Cats Destroy Biodiversity

I cannot say often enough how important it is to reduce cat populations…To neuter them and giving them a collar with a bell and not to let them outside during bird breeding season ir never to let them out…We have more people on earth on than ever before in history and of course that means also more pets such as cats as they are the easiest to keep.But unfortunately this feline does indeed great damage to wildlife. Habitat loss, pesticides and other pollutions and more pet cats are reasons for loss in essential wildlife animals.And we ‘must’ reduce these reasons.

 

Cats are a destructive, invasive species :

 

http://io9.com/5979891/domestic-cats-are-among-the-worst-invasive-species-and-could-be-destroying-ecosystems

 

https://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/nongame/nuis_exo/dom_cat/

 

 

Cats ‘must ‘ be reduced in numbers. ..

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/06/130621-threats-against-birds-cats-wind-turbines-climate-change-habitat-loss-science-united-states/

 

Think twice before keeping a cat:

Are you feline bad about cats killing wildlife?

 

Cats pose a serious threat to biodiversity: Why do we accept it? What should be done? | A…According to the ASPCA, there are around 90 million owned domestic cats (Felis catus) in the U.S., and taking into account strays and feral cats, the total number is estimated to be as high as 160 million (1).

http://www.ted.com/conversations/18182/cats_pose_a_serious_threat_to.html#.U-448t5etx8.facebook

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