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  • Adventure

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    The birds of Mindo - 1

    My alarm goes off at 4:30 a.m., and I go right up to the second floor of the Casa Amarilla to wake up Sophie. Our guide, Julia Patiño will be here at 5 o’clock on the dot to take us birding at the Refugio Paz de los Aves.

    Acrobats of the sky

    From the deck of the Sedna IV, I have often seen magnificent birds with long, pointed wings and a long forked tail. Occasionally, one of them will have a fish in its beak, and if ever it drops it, another will immediately dive to catch it before it hits the water. I was looking forward to getting a better look at these birds on Ecuador’s Isla de la plata.

    Vital vultures

    Almost everywhere I go in Ecuador, I see two species of large black bird soaring in circles on the rising thermals, perched in dead trees, or on the ground. With their featherless heads, they aren’t usually thought of as beautiful birds. Nor do they seem particularly elegant, forced as they are to hop around while on the ground. Their habit of piercing the skin of dead animals and thrusting their heads inside to feed generally inspires disgust.

    Robben Island où fut incarcéré Nelson Mandela pendant 18 ans

    Mercredi 16 juin 1976. Sous le régime de l’apartheid (1948 à 1991), des élèves et étudiants noirs organisent à Soweto une manifestation pacifique pour protester contre l’imposition de l’enseignement exclusif en afrikaans, la langue de la principale communauté blanche d’Afrique du Sud.

    Les manchots du Cap

    La lumière tamisée de la brunante commence à donner une teinte dorée aux rochers massifs, visibles entre les bosquets, qui émergent de l’eau turquoise. Des cris rauques, semblables au braiment d’un âne, retentissent fortement parmi les buissons. Par endroits, on entend aussi le piaillement insistant des poussins.

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  • Biodiversity

    Species (9)

    Great Frigatebird

    Common name: Great Frigatebird
    Scientific name: Fregata minor
    Length: 95 cm, average wingspan of 215 cm
    Weight: 1.5 kg (3.3 lb)
    Population: approximately 500,000
    Distribution: tropical regions, central Pacific, Southeast Asian islands, Central Indian Ocean, central South Atlantic
    Issue: habitat destruction, disturbance of nesting sites
    IUCN Red List status: least concern

    Laysan Albatross

    Common name: Laysan Albatross
    Scientific name: Phoebastria immutabilis
    Length: 81 cm, wingspan of 2 m
    Weight: 3 kg (6.5 lb) for males and 2.5 kg (5.5 lb) for females
    Population: 1.2 million
    Distribution: throughout the North Pacific, nests primarily in the Hawaiian Islands, where there are 16 nesting sites
    Issue: lead poisoning and plastic pollution, invasive species
    IUCN Red List status: near threatened

    Black-footed Albatross

    Common name: Black-footed Albatross
    Scientific name: Phoebastria nigripes
    Length: 68 to 74 cm, wingspan of 190 to 220 cm
    Weight: 3.4 kg (7.4 lb) for males and 3 kg (6.6 lb) for females
    Population: approximately 130,000
    Distribution: nests mainly on Midway Atoll, Laysan, the French Frigate Shoals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, and in the Bonin Islands
    Issue: pollution, invasive species, plastic ingestion
    IUCN Red List status: endangered

    White Tern

    Common name: White Tern
    Scientific name: Gygis alba
    Length: 31 cm
    Population: abundant
    Distribution: tropical islands in the Pacific and Indian oceans
    Issue: invasive species
    IUCN Red List status: least concern

    Laysan Duck

    Common name: Laysan Duck
    Scientific name: Anas laysanensis
    Length: 41 cm
    Weight: 435 g (1 lb)
    Population: approximately 1,000 individuals
    Distribution: Midway and Laysan atolls, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
    Issue: reduced and fluctuating population in an extremely limited habitat, invasive species
    IUCN Red List status: critically endangered

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    Common names: Stitchbird
    Scientific name: Notiomystis cincta
    Size: 18 cm
    Weight: 36.5 g (male); 30 g (female)
    Population: 4,500 individuals
    Distribution: throughout the North Island plus Great Barrier, Little Barrier and Kapiti Islands.
    Issues: Invasive species
    IUCN Red List Status: vulnerable

    Saker Falcon

    Common names: Saker Falcon
    Scientific name: Falco cherrug
    Size: 45 cm for males, 55 cm for females
    Weight: 730 to 1300 g.
    Population: 13,000-27,000 breeding pairs
    Distribution: wide range across the Palearctic region from eastern Europe to western China
    Issues: overexploitation
    IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable


    Common names: Kakapo, owl parrot
    Scientific name: Strigops habroptila
    Length: 64 centimeters
    Weight: 3 to 4 kg (6.5 to 9 lbs.)
    Population: Approximately 130 individuals
    Distribution: Southern Southern Alps, on South Island in New-Zealand and on Stewart Island, located south
    Issues: Historically, overexploitation, invasive species (rats, cats, dogs, ferrets), diseases
    IUCN Red List status: Critically endangered

    Gunnison Sage-grouse

    Common name: Gunnison Sage-grouse
    Scientific name: Centrocercus minimus
    Length: 44 to 51 cm for males, 32 to 38 cm for females
    Weight: 990 to 2,400 kg (2 to 5.2 lbs.)
    Population: Approximately 4,400 individuals
    Distribution: Mainly in Colorado and in Utah, in United States
    Issue: Habitat degradation, fragmentation and destruction, genetic isolation of the populations
    IUCN Red List status: Endangered

    Long-tailed Duck

    Common names: Long-tailed Duck
    Scientific name: Clangula hyemalis
    Size: male: 48 to 58 cm long and hens: 38 to 43 cm
    Weight: males: 0.91 to 1.13 kg and females: 0.68 to 0.91 kg
    Population: 1,4 million
    Distribution: circumpolar
    Issues: pollution
    IUCN Red List Status: vulnerable

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    Two great kingdoms

    Classify plants and animals in order to better understand what biodiversity is.

    What is biodiversity?

    Guided discussion to understand what biodiversity is.

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