Friday, August 31, 2012

[News 2012] Appeal launched for Patagonian grebe Podiceps gallardoi

Hooded Grebe | Podiceps gallardoi Rumboll, 1974
© Pablo Hernández

Recent surveys on its coastal Patagonian wintering grounds indicate that the Endangered Hooded Grebe Podiceps gallardoi has declined by 40% in the last seven years and this, along with alarming new threats detected on its breeding grounds during 2011, indicate action is now urgently required to prevent the rapidly increasing threat of its extinction.In response to these worrying findings, Aves Argentinas (BirdLife in Argentina) has mounted a wide-ranging offensive to protect this highly-threatened migratory species from further decline. 
In support, we are launching an international online appeal through the BirdLife Preventing Extinctions Programme to help fund the urgently required conservation action that they have already begun.

Hooded Grebes alerted to aerial predators Dec 2011 © Pablo Hernández

Two Hooded Grebes slaughtered by mink at Laguna El Cervecero © Ignacio Roesler