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I want to offer a place to shine a spotlight on conservation efforts aimed at protecting imperiled species. This is a daunting task because there are so very many species in grave danger of significant decline and even extinction. When I come across impassioned organizations doing their best to protect and save a particular wildlife species, I will feature them here.

It is my hope to help spread the word about these organizations and their missions, and perhaps to help others find a conservation cause that strikes a special chord in their hearts.

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AUSTRALIA

Community for Coastal and Cassowary Conservation

Photo by VicBurolla, Flickr - Encyclopedia of Life, EOL.com


I first learned about Southern Cassowaries (Casuarius casuarius) from a blog post featured in IATB #102, which was hosted here at Birder’s Lounge. The story of “Joov the Fringe Dweller,” by Liz Gallie has remained with me in the year that has passed since the story was posted. Australia’s Community for Coastal and Cassowary Conservation is dedicated to1:

  • Habitat
  • Education
  • Rural
  • Nursery
  • Rescue and Rehabilitation

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UNITED KINDOM

Great Bustard Group


Photo by Jiri Sevcik - BioLib, at Encyclopedia of Life, EOL.org

I learned about the work that the Great Bustard Group (GBG) is doing to protect severely threatened populations of the Great Bustard (Otis tarda), from a post at 10,000 Birds. Charlie Moores, who lives in the United Kingdom, is a tireless advocate for birds, and heads up the Conservation Club at 10,000 Birds. The GBG has a brand new “hide” funded by none other than the BBC Wildlife Fund.

I was in awe of this bird when I saw the pictures at the GBG website. The sheer size of the bird is impressive on its own, but the male is simply magnificent. I can certainly see why the UK would get excited about this native bird’s reintroduction to their lands.

  1. C4 established five working groups to achieve these aims

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