Target: The General Public
Goal: Promote awareness of threatened blue-footed booby
Like the name suggests, the blue-footed booby is a bird with blue feet, known not just for its coloration, but for its high-stepping mating dance. Unfortunately, these Galapagos birds are threatened because lack of food and habit loss have stopped the birds from mating. The general public needs to know of these birds’ threatened status and how one environment’s problems affects numerous ecosystems.
The blue-footed booby call the Galapagos Islands home, but their decreasing population has become a huge concern for animal conservationists. In the 1960’s, the bird’s population sat at 20,000, and now it’s at a striking 6,400. The study was conducted by the Avian Conservation and Ecology, which also states that the birds’ numbers have been dropping since 1998. A few pairs bred in 2011-2013, but almost no birds were seen with juvenile plumage.
What has been causing the decline of these birds? Scientists believe it is because of a shortage of sardines. Studies found that the blue-footed boobies bred successfully when the birds’ diet was made up completely of sardines. The lack of food of course means that mating pairs wouldn’t be able to take care of their chicks, and thus won’t mate. Scientists did find a blue-footed booby that starved to death in 2011.
The solution to this problem is a complicated one. Various factors are responsible for the lack of sardines, like over fishing, climate change, and other variables. The blue-footed booby is a part of a fragile ecosystem, and humans are responsible for destroying it. For us to save the blue-footed booby, humans must first correct the problems causing their lack of food. If you wish to promote awareness of the blue-footed booby, please sign this petition.
I am writing this letter to inform you of the plight of the blue-footed booby. This threatened species calls the Galapagos Islands home, but their numbers have dwindled significantly in recent years due to loss of food and habitat.
Studies found that these birds bred successfully when most of their diet is made up of sardines, and unfortunately there has been a recent shortage of these fish. Various factors are responsible for this, but humans are the sole reason why sardines and the blue-footed booby are suffering. Please sign this petition to promote awareness of the blue-footed booby in the hopes that spreading knowledge about their plight will not only save these birds, but save other ecosystems as well.
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Photo credit: Vince Smith via Wikimedia