Saving the world's most endangered birds.

Author:Scheer, Roddy
Position::THIS WEEK - BirdLife International's Species Champions Initiative - Brief article

August 24, 2007

The UK-based nonprofit BirdLife International has launched an ambitious new campaign, dubbed the Species Champions Initiative, to save 189 critically endangered bird species around the world from extinction over the next five years. The group's unique approach calls on corporations, individuals and other environmental organizations to contribute $38 million to protect habitat, control threatening invasive species and raise awareness internationally.

All of the bird species targeted in the initiative are on the World Conservation Union's Red List of Threatened Species, an international registry of critically endangered plants and wildlife. BirdLife International reports that it will use initial funding to create a conservation plan in Mexico, regenerate forests in Djibouti, establish a protected area in Brazil and restore grasslands in Cambodia-all in the name of saving specific critically endangered bird...

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