Sunday, September 13, 2009

Critically endangered, ‘lost’ seabird found in natural habitat

An expedition in the South Pacific has found the critically endangered Fiji petrel in its natural habitat for the first time. In 1855, the Fiji petrel was discovered on Fiji’s Gau Island. Then it disappeared until 1984. Since then, a few immature or injured birds have turned up on village rooftops, but until now, the Fiji petrel had never been seen in its natural habitat. (BBC)

Who cares? Pound360 doesn’t know. It’s just a cool story. It’s always good to hear when we’re discovering things in a world where disappearing things (like species, ice caps) are the norm. Also, “to see such a little-known bird at such close range was magical,” said one expedition member.

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