Protect Endangered White-Winged Ducks

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Target: Wildlife Conservation Society

Goal: To stop the decline of white-winged duck populations in South Central Asia.

The population of white-winged ducks has been in a steady decline since the 1980’s, mostly due to the degradation of forest and wetland habitats. The species, which used the thrive in India, Bangladesh, and Indonesia, has declined to a point that it is now estimated that only around 1,000 mature individuals are still in existence. Those individuals that remain face constant threat of being hunted, while eggs and chicks are often collected before reaching adulthood. The population that exists today is at great risk of extinction because of environmental events, loss of genetic variability, and human factors such as hydro-power development and poor forest management.

The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust created 21 protected areas to support these animals back in 1993; however, since then, the population has continued to decrease drastically. This is likely because of a lack of law enforcement in protected areas, and limited conservation awareness of the public.

There are plans in place to help in the preservation of the white-winged duck, mostly revolving around land and habitat preservation. Many biologists in the area have planned to increase protections of delicate peat-swamp forests in Sumatra, which currently serve as a home for a number of these animals. Working to prevent the introduction of pesticides and oil pollution would also do a great deal to help this species rebound.

If we continue on the path that we are going, it is likely that the white-winged duck will be extinct before the end of the decade. Please sign this petition and tell the Wildlife Conservation Society to put more focus on protecting the endangered white-winged duck and help its population rebound to healthy numbers before we are too late.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Wildlife Conservation Society:

The white-winged duck, native to South Central Asia, is in dire need of your assistance. The population has been declining since the 1980s and is likely to become extinct if we do not place greater protections on them and their habitats. It is estimated that only 1,000 individuals remain in existence, and those that do are still being hunted. While organizations like yours and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust have created protected areas for these animals, laws regarding their protection are not being enforced, and as a result, the population continues to decline.

By putting more focus on protecting forests and wetlands in India, Bangladesh, and Indonesia, you can help this species rebound to a healthy level. We ask that you please work to protect the endangered white-winged duck and its various habitats in South Central Asia.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. must make conservation known in the area where the ducks live now. make laws to protect them from extinction.

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