As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday 15 April 2018

Species Relocation A Viable Climate Response Action, Say Local Scientists

Earth Today | 
Published:Thursday | April 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

MIGRATION AS an option to safeguard the survival of, in particular, rare species has been brought into sharp focus, after one Caribbean island took just that action, following last year's extreme hurricanes that dealt a resounding blow.

Dominica last month relocated a dozen of its rare birds - 10 Jacos and two Sisserous - to Germany, prompting stinging criticism from BirdsCaribbean, a regional organisation committed to the bird conservation, while also serving to spotlight relocation as a response to climate change for not only humans.

Local scientists have weighed in on the issue, while staying clear of commenting on the particulars of the Dominica case.

"Captive breeding and ex situ conservation have been dependable conservation practices for many years and have improved the survival probability of many threatened species, when carried out legitimately and responsibly by institutions that have the necessary capacity," said Dr Kimberly Stephenson of the Climate Studies Group Mona.

Climate change, Stephenson said further, poses "a very real threat to the endemic biodiversity of our small islands, not only because of extreme events like hurricanes, but also due to more gradual changes, like drying and warming".

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