When researchers from the Syrian Society for Conservation of Wildlife and RSPB noticed that hunters were shooting down sociable lapwings, one of the world’s rarest bird species, they immediately reached out to the government for protection.
Syria sent rangers out to discuss the plight of the lapwings and apparently they have agreed to stop the hunt. Sociable Lapwings are classified as critically endangered by Birdlife International, but their numbers have been on the incline with the discovery of two large flocks in 2007.
However, the bird’s population is still a small fraction of what it once was, and more troubling, the cause of their decline is still unknown. A coalition of conservation groups spanning across the birds’ transcontinental migratory route continue to work to discover the problem.
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