Turkish pro biodiversity fund launched

This video is about demoiselle cranes.

From BirdLife:

Turkey launches fund to halt biodiversity decline


Doga Dernegi (BirdLife in Turkey) has formed a partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Forestry to establish a national fund to halt biodiversity decline.

The Turkish Zero Extinction Fund will carry out priority conservation actions in the 305 Key Biodiversity Areas identified by Doga Dernegi. ….

The projects that will benefit include: threatened orchid species conservation in Southern Turkey; the rediscovery of the Anatolian leopard; the conservation of the Sultansazlığı wetlands; and the preservation of the country’s last remaining Demoiselle Cranes and globally threatened Great Bustards.

ECOLOGISTS joined protests in Turkey today, vowing not to bow to government intimidation as deliberately started fires continue to rage through the Kurdish region of Dersim. They warned that, unless there is airborne intervention to stop the fires from spreading, people will be forced to abandon their homes. The Turkish army has continued the practice of burning forests in Dersim since the 1980s to empty Kurdish villages in the name of “security.” Local ecological groups say that current military operations are an attempt to “intimidate the people” with authorities refusing to intervene as the fires spread: here.

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  1. Feb 3, 9:54 AM EST

    Endangered Cranes Killed in Fla. Storms

    Associated Press Writer

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — All 18 endangered young whooping cranes that were led south from Wisconsin last fall as part of a project to create a second migratory flock of the birds were killed in storms in Florida, a spokesman said.

    The cranes were being kept in an enclosure at the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge near Crystal River, Fla., when violent storms moved in Thursday night, said Joe Duff, co-founder of Operation Migration, the organization coordinating the project.

    “The birds were checked in late afternoon the day before, and they were fine,” he said Friday.

    The area of the enclosure was unreachable by workers at night, and all the birds were found dead, Duff said. He speculated that a strong storm surge drew the tide in and overwhelmed the birds. The official cause of the deaths was not immediately known, but he said it may have been drowning.

    The thunderstorms and at least one tornado that hit central Florida caused widespread damage and killed at least 19 people.

    For the past six years, whooping cranes hatched in captivity have been raised at the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in central Wisconsin by workers who wear crane-like costumes to keep the birds wary of humans.

    Ultralight aircraft are used to teach new groups of young cranes the migration route to Florida. From then on, the birds migrate north in the spring and south in the fall on their own.

    Duff described the loss as an “unavoidable disaster” for the whooping cranes project that ironically followed a milestone.

    For the first time in six years, an entire group of young birds reared at the Necedah refuge had made it to the Florida refuge without the loss of a single crane.

    The project’s previous losses all involved individual birds killed by predators or fatally injured in accidents.

    “It’s a fluke. It’s an unforeseen thing,” Duff said. “So many birds and they were such good birds. It was our hardest migration and our most difficult one to fund.”

    The various groups and agencies working on the project had seen the size of the flock grow to 81 birds with the latest arrivals, but the loss of the young cranes drops the total back to 63, and there may have been additional losses.

    Duff said there was no way of knowing whether other whooping cranes that winter in the area had survived the storm.

    Operation Migration is part of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership. Partnership officials and Duff said the work would continue.

    Members of the whooping crane recovery team were meeting in Louisiana when the Florida storm occurred, going over the past year’s progress and setting goals for this year, when they learned what had happened, Duff said.

    After the initial shock, “it just reinforced the support and determination to get this done,” he said.

    The whooping crane, the tallest bird in North America, was near extinction in 1941, with only about 20 left.

    The other wild whooping crane flock in North America has about 200 birds and migrates from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast. A non-migratory flock in Florida has about 60 birds.

    On the Net:

    Operation Migration: http://operationmigration.org/index.html

    Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership: http://www.bringbackthecranes.org

    © 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


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