The hardest part of creating any documentary series is selecting just what materials can and cannot be included. The number of phenomenal stories, researchers, groups and agencies doing amazing work far outweighs the amount of screen time available for coverage. Here's your chance to plunge into some of the research we weren't able to showcase in depth (or at all) as well as discover some of the major groups involved in this vital issue.
Connecting the Dots: The Wildlands Project
The Wildlands Project is an organization founded in part by conservation biologist Michael Soule. This project focuses on securing lands for predators and reconnecting large expanses of wilderness. It aims to create regional and continental networks of conservation areas from Central America to Alaska and from Nova Scotia to California.
The Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape Project
One of the most ambitious marine conservation initiatives in the western hemisphere is called the Eastern Tropical Pacific SeaScape Project. This project involves four Latin American nations, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, the United Nations Foundation (UN Foundation), Conservation International (CI) and others. Its aim is to consolidate a marine-protected area that stretches from Costa Rica to Ecuador in order to safeguard some of the world's richest marine habitats and dozens of endangered species.
The Seascape project covers 211 million hectares (521 million acres) and runs from Costa Rica's Cocos Island National Park to Ecuador's Galapagos Island National Park and Marine Reserve. It hopes to link marine protected areas in Panama and Colombia, safeguard a vital migratory route for the Endangered blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) and protect one of the last remaining nesting grounds in the Eastern Pacific of the critically endangered leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea).
Reintroduction of Falcons at JFK Airport
Birds of prey, like gyrfalcons, eagles and peregrine falcons, are being reintroduced to the busy environs of New York's John F. Kennedy Airport with the aim to clear the air of small birds and reduce collisions with aircraft. Between 1989 and 2001, the FAA reported 39,177 incidents of bird strikes to civilian aircraft wherein 1,613 caused substantial damage and 10 resulted in the destruction of the aircraft. During the 1990s, 138 people died worldwide as a result of bird strikes.
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