Yesterday was National Endangered Species Day 2021. The 16th Annual Endangered Species Day was celebrated on May 21st, 2021. Every year on the third Friday in May, thousands of people around the world participate in Endangered Species Day by celebrating, learning about, and taking action to protect threatened and endangered species.

One Earth Conservation brought to our attention:

Sun parakeets (also known as sun conures), a very popular pet, are in such demand that they are disappearing from the wild. One Earth Conservation is working with local people in Guyana to save their native sun parakeets from extinction due to the illegal wildlife trade and habitat destruction. In honor of Endangered Species Day, please support our efforts in Guyana and elsewhere to help wild parrots continue to fly free while also supporting the people who are working so hard to save these beautiful birds.

Click on photo to learn more about One Earth Conservation:

One Earth Conservation

Macaw Recovery Network mentioned in their newsletter:

Endangered Species are those that are still in existence but that may not be for much longer unless we work together as communities and bring them back from the edge of extinction. Wouldn’t it be a tragedy to lose the color that parrots add to our skies?

Recovering our wildlife is challenging since the threats are still happening every day; deforestation, illegal poaching, limited potential for reproduction,  natural predation, among others. But there is hope!!

Local communities can play a key role in conservation and through our newly launched Ranger Program, they themselves are empowered to be at the frontlines to make a real difference.

On this Endangered Species Day, let’s create awareness of the incredible power of communities in trying to change the trend from species decline to species recovery!

Click on photo to learn more about Macaw Recovery Network:

Macaw recovery network

In aviculture:

Tony Silva: “The Spix’s Macaw was saved through tremendous foresight. I was at Loro Parque and with their backing, Juan Villalba Macias of the then TRAFFIC South America, Obdulio Menghi of the CITES Secretariat, and myself, we created a framework to save the species. Today Al Wabra, ACTP, and others are taking the project to a new level. Eventually, the species will be released into the wild and this will show that aviculture can work together on a worldwide scale to save a species. I think that all breeders should understand that aviculture has become globalized and that we need to cooperate, exchange information, and participate on a global scale and never on a local scale.”

The first Spix’s Macaw chick bred in Loro Parque when Tony was there
The first Spix’s Macaw chick bred in Loro Parque when Tony was there. Photo courtesy: Tony Silva.

At World Wide Bird Magazine, we publish three pages each month to list the birds that are on Cites.

In summary:
Appendix I includes species threatened with extinction. Trade in specimens of these species is permitted only in exceptional circumstances.

Appendix II includes species not necessarily threatened with extinction, but in which trade must be controlled in order to avoid utilization incompatible with their survival.

Appendix III This Appendix contains species that are protected in at least one country.

Here is one of the pages in the May Premier edition: You can also view these pages each month by subscribing to the Premier edition. Click on this photo to subscribe:

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Dorothy Paterson

Beautiful article!