The World Wildlife Fund recently released its Living Planet Report 2018, and the news is dire for the world’s wildlife. The following are a few of the sobering statistics highlighted in the report:
“OUR LIVING PLANET, AT A GLANCE
60% – Populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians have, on average, declined by 60% between 1970 and 2014, the most recent year with available data.
50% – The Earth is estimated to have lost about half of its shallow water corals in the past 30 years.
20% – A fifth of the Amazon has disappeared in just 50 years.
$125 trillion – Globally, nature provides services worth around $125 trillion a year, while also helping ensure the supply of fresh air, clean water, food, energy, medicines, and much more.”
We are not only destroying the natural world, we are also putting ourselves in peril. There’s not much time for humans to stand up for nature and develop concrete, sustainable plans to reduce and turn around the damage already done to wildlife and the planet.
Welcome to the October Edition of The Roost Online! In this issue, we’ve got a story from Sherri on Halloween Hi-jinks from Bubbles and Zack, crabby yet hilarious advice from Morty, a cute new Cheeks cartoon, current bird news from social media, and a fun Sudoku game with a neat birdie twist!
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What could be more relaxing than enjoying a Sunday Siesta in a cushy armchair and catching up with The Roost’s crazy flock! Catch up with Morty, and then why not head over to get up to speed on how Bubbles and Zack are attempting to keep their mom on the straight, narrow- and sane path! Sunday chuckles are guaranteed on It’s A Birb Thing!
Grab that pencil and enjoy one of our games! Catch up on what’s been happening around social media on our News page.
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A centuries-old mystery behind the shape of a bird’s egg has been solved by scientists at the University of Sheffield as part of one of the longest-running scientific studies of its kind.
The study, led by Professor Tim Birkhead from the University’s Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, has discovered the reason why guillemot eggs have such a peculiar shape – a mystery that has been puzzling biologists for hundreds of years.
Guillemots lay and incubate their single egg on bare cliff ledges close to the sea, which led scientists and nature enthusiasts to believe that the egg’s pointed shape had evolved to help it roll in an arc – thus keeping it from the cliff edge should it become dislodged
However, Professor Birkhead, who has been studying the behaviour of guillemots, puffins and razorbills on Skomer Island in Wales for almost 50 years, has discovered that the egg’s shape has evolved in order to keep the egg in place and prevent it from rolling away in the first place.
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” ― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring