Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Last search for the Eskimo curlew

The Eskimo Curlew (Numenius borealis) is now considered to be virtually extinct.  This bird was once common in nine different provinces in Canada (And Alaska). The only place where it was not found was in B.C. Despite once numbering in the hundreds of thousands (and perhaps even in the millions), the Eskimo curlew today may well be extinct. The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has decided to conduct a final evaluation of the species to determine whether its status should be moved from Critically Endangered to Extinct, reports Reuters. The last sighting confirmed by the USFWS was in 1987 in Nebraska.

Eskimo curlew drawing by Mike Leveille

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