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“The total land area of Guadalcanal is roughly 5300 square kilometers. If, conservatively, 15 percent of this area represents suitable habitat, and if we assume densities we encountered are on the high end, this gives a population estimate of over 4000 individuals, a robust number for a large island bird. Significantly, habitat in the documented elevation range of the Moustached Kingfisher (800 m to at least 1500 m) remains largely as it has been for centuries. Though sightings and information about the bird are rare in the ornithological community, the bird itself is not. Elders of the local land-owning tribe (now living at lower elevations) relate stories of eating Mbarikuku, the local name for the bird; our local partners knew it as unremarkably common. With a remote range so difficult to access, there has been a perception of rarity because so few outside people or scientists have seen or otherwise recorded the bird. As I wrote from the field, this is a bird that is poorly known and elusive to western science—not rare or in imminent danger of extinction. ”
Many of the animals Roosevelt collected were donated to scientists or used as taxidermy specimens for the Smithsonian
originally posted by: AnonymousMoose
well...That's kind of how science works right? We didn't get museums full of stuffed animals and anatomies by merely watching them...
originally posted by: Murgatroid
If this Scientist just so 'happened' to get captured and dissected by one of the legendary Moo-Moo's of the Solomon Islands', how many would miss him?
I sure wouldn't.
It's true what they say about Karma you know...
Chris Filardi is the "Director, Pacific Programs" with a public Email address of [mod edit] and company phone of [mod edit]. So anybody wishing to reach out and personally tell him what you think of his actions you can and should do so.