Species Rediscovered after 75 Years

Working in the field of conservation, primarily with rare and threatened species, it is a constant struggle to stay positive, which is why I love hearing stories about rediscoveries of species thought extinct. This story is particularly rewarding as it is a beautiful bird with sapphire eyes and matching blue tear drops on its wings. Of course, occurring in only two known locations means that the Blue-eyed Ground Dove (Columbina cyanopis) is instantly categorized as critically endangered, but if one didn’t have hope and trust in the power of nature, one wouldn’t stay in the conservation field. Let’s hope the researchers find a way to protect their last fragments of habitat.

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