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On the Rebound

The 6 steps to saving a bird species

By Rebecca Sweat

Of the 353 parrot species around the world, 130 are threatened with extinction. Once it is clear that a species is in trouble, the forestry department or other government agency for the country the bird is endemic to typically collaborates with an international conservation organization to come up with a plan to save the species. Often scientists and field workers are hired to study, monitor or manage a recovery program. Ph.D. candidates from fields like ornithology, forest management and conservation might volunteer their services as well. No matter who does the work, saving a species generally involves six key steps.

1. Know What You’re Up Against
The first step is to figure out the cause(s) of the bird’s decline. “Once you understand the threats, you can begin to plot out how you might solve them,” said Paul Butler, senior vice president of global programs for Rare, a U.S.-based conservation organization.

**For the full article, pick up the April issue of BIRD TALK**

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