Denounce Ornithologist for Killing Endangered Bird

Target: David Yarnold, CEO of the Audubon Society

Goal: Denounce scientist who killed extremely rare bird in the Solomon Islands.

Deep within the forests of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, a male mustache kingfisher was photographed for the first time shortly before being killed for scientific research. This was Christopher Filardi’s decision, the director of Pacific Programs at the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. According to his field journal, the bird ¨specimen¨ was collected for further speculation despite less than 1,000 remaining in the wild.

Although Dr. Filardi tried to justify his actions by saying that a specimen was needed to accurately record the bird’s features and decipher human impact on the birds’ survival, the scientific community is rightfully outraged. How can someone be searching for a bird for more than 20 years, only to take its life once it is encountered? Sign the petition to decry this unnecessary killing while urging influential conservationists to formally denounce such practices.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Yarnold,

As the CEO of the Audubon Society, you have the responsibility to serve as a watchdog in cases of unethical scientific research. Not long ago, fellow ornithologist Christopher Filardi stumbled across the extremely uncommon male mustache kingfisher on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands – its only known habitat. Moments after being photographed, this endangered species was euthanized. So far you haven’t expressed any outrage on this matter, which is disappointing, to say the least, considering the dwindling population.

In no way, shape, or form does the conservation of birds require killing rare ones for scientific study. Conservation biology doesn’t need to be so bloody. Such practices are going to send the wrong messages to future generations who will feel entitled to kill beautiful creatures found in nature. In short, it will set a dangerous precedent for human-animal interactions. Please rectify this cause by speaking out against this matter.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: American Museum of Nature History

Stop Loggers from Damaging Solomon Islands Drinking Water

Target: Rick Houenipwela (Hou), Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands

Goal: Don’t allow developers to damage residents’ drinking water.

Land clearing in the Solomon Islands is causing excessive soil erosion that is negatively impacting residents’ drinking water. Developers have prioritized logging and their own economic gains over public health in an area where residents don’t have access to alternative clean water sources. These forested tropical areas are being consumed by logging with no regard for the downstream impact on water quality and delicate ecosystems.

Developers on the Solomon Islands are promoting excessive logging with no plan for the protection of sensitive areas. Deforestation leads to bare soil conditions, which can cause significant erosion. Erosion of soil into downstream areas degrades the quality of water that residents rely on for drinking and bathing. In an island area, no drinking water alternatives exist for these residents. Soil loss also prevents the regrowth of vegetation in logged areas, which slows reforestation. Soil cannot quickly be replaced naturally, and the infertile soil or rock left behind is unfit for residents to farm on to feed themselves or to reestablish these sensitive forested areas. Downstream ecosystems can also be destroyed.

A national policy is needed to link these loggers’ activities with metrics for the protection of drinking water resources instead of just economic growth. Please, sign the petition below to take a stand to protect these remote residents and their access to clean water.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister Hou,

Loggers’ destruction of the Solomon Islands’ tropical forests for economic gain will only continue without action to protect water resources. It is vital to protect both your citizens’ drinking water and your country’s unique tropical forest ecosystems.

The impacts of erosion on drinking water resources and downstream ecosystems can be devastating to residents. They have limited access to alternative drinking water sources, if clean water sources are negatively impacted by land clearing activities. In addition, the resulting soil loss will slow reforestation and choke downstream ecosystems. These factors need to be considered when weighing the economics of development.

Don’t allow these developers to prioritize their own economic gain over the well-being of your citizens. We urge you to adopt a policy to protect clean water and the beautiful ecosystems of the Solomon Islands.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Roosevelt Garcia