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The Penguins Are Dying Off, Lack of food

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  • baypointmike
    [http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/] Support Protection for Penguins Threatened by Global Warming Dear Michael, This
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 11 9:13 PM
       
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      Support Protection for Penguins Threatened by Global Warming

      Dear Michael,

      This week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it's officially considering protecting 10 of the 12 penguin species we petitioned to protect under the Endangered Species Act. The penguins are threatened with extinction due to global warming, industrial fisheries, and other threats.

      Emperor penguin
      Emperor penguin

      The Service's "positive finding" begins a 60-day public comment period on whether the penguins should advance to the next stage in the Endangered Species Act listing process, with a formal proposal to list them as threatened or endangered. Please submit your own comment today in support of protecting these magnificent birds!


      http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/penguins_global_warming/wuwxn7dr4dnk6ik?

      Send a letter to the following decision maker(s):
      Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 

      Below is the sample letter:

      Subject: Protect Penguins Under the Endangered Species Act

      Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],

      I am extremely concerned about the threat to penguins from global warming, industrial fishing, oil spills, and other factors. I was pleased to learn that the Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a positive 90-day finding on the Center for Biological Diversity's petition to list a number of species including the emperor, northern and southern rockhopper, macaroni, Humboldt, African, white-flippered, erect-crested, Fiordland crested, and yellow-eyed penguins.

      I believe that the Fish and Wildlife Service should be working to protect these penguin species, and all imperiled species, under the Endangered Species Act as quickly as possible. Please propose to list these species as threatened or endangered by the November 29, 2007 deadline.

      Thank you for your attention to this urgent issue.

      Sincerely,

      Michael Sarabia

      http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/penguins_global_warming/wuwxn7dr4dnk6ik?

      African penguin
      African penguin, © Bob Fleming

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      What's At Stake:

      On November 28, 2006, the Center petitioned the Fish and Wildlife Service to protect 12 of the world's 19 penguin species under the Endangered Species Act due to global warming and other threats.

      Abnormally warm ocean temperatures and diminished sea ice have wreaked havoc on penguin food availability in recent decades. Less food has led to population declines in species ranging from the southern rockhopper and Humboldt penguins of the islands off South America, and the African penguin in southern Africa, to the emperor penguin in Antarctica. The ocean conditions causing these declines have been linked by scientists to global warming and are projected to intensify in the coming decades.

      The emperor penguin colony at Pointe Geologie, which was featured in the film March of the Penguins, has declined by more than 50 percent due to global warming. Krill, the keystone of the Antarctic marine ecosystem and an essential food source not just for penguins but also for whales and seals, has declined by as much as 80 percent since the 1970s over large areas of the Southern Ocean. Recent studies indicate that even under the most optimistic greenhouse gas emission scenarios, continued warming over the coming decades will dramatically affect Antarctica, the sub-Antarctic islands, the Southern Ocean, and the penguins dependent for survival on these and nearby ecosystems.

      This week, the Fish and Wildlife Service found that Endangered Species Act listing "may be warranted" for ten of the species, the emperor, northern and southern rockhopper, macaroni, Humboldt, African, white-flippered, erect-crested, Fiordland crested, and yellow-eyed penguins. The Service found insufficient information for the Snare's crested and royal penguins. We will not rest until all of these penguins receive the protection they deserve, and we must begin greenhouse gas reductions immediately in order to save them.

      Please take a moment to write to the Fish and Wildlife Service today in support of penguin protection. And please, share this message with your family and friends!

      Click on the link to take action or send comments to:
      Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Director, International Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
      4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 760
      Arlington, VA 22203;
      Fax: (703) 358-2276
      Email: DSApenguins@...


      Campaign Expiration Date:
      September 10, 2007


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