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Piping Plover, Cape Cod. (Photo by Alison M. Jones, 2011)

ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY 2011 reminds us to save our endangered species. Last week I saw threatened piping plovers, oyster catchers and least terns on Cape Cod. I watched 6 ghost-like piping plovers foraging on a protected sand spit and racing our outboard skiff. Today fewer than 2000 pairs of piping plovers exist. A National Park Service video on these piping plovers reminds us: “Extinct Is Forever.”

Birds act as environmental stewards – from piping plovers on Atlantic beaches to the elusive Louisiana waterthrush in New Jersey's Raritan River Basin. They are bio-indicators of the health of our freshwater and marine systems, forests, wetlands, plains and other ecosystems. Current changes in their migratory patterns and breeding grounds are measuring the effects of climate change.

We must monitor and protect our endangered species if we are to preserve habitat productivity and the quality of our water resources.  May the endangered species shown below never become ghosts species!

Alison M. Jones, Director and Lead photographer for No Water No Life

Featured as "Photographer of the Month" by International League of Conservation Photographers

Other endangered species (Top) Magellan penguins, Zanzibar red colobus, bison, lappet-faced vulture, African lion, African elephant.
(Bottom) Coke's hartebeest, Ruppell's griffon vulture, lesser flamingoes, Grevy's zebra, sea otter, mountain gorilla. (All photos by Alison M. Jones.)

“The eyes of the future are looking back at us and they are praying for us to see beyond our own time. They are kneeling with hands clasped that we might act with restraint that we might leave room for the life that is destined to come.
 
To protect what is wild is to protect what is gentle. Perhaps the wilderness we fear is the pause between our heartbeats, the silent space that says we live only by grace. Wilderness lives by this same grace. Wild mercy is in our hands.”
 
— Terry Tempest Williams, Passion and Patience in the Desert

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