In this endangered species episode, guest host Camden Martin joins Jonah to talk about the highly endangered Northern Bald Ibis. Historically, populations of this Mediterranean species have declined dramatically to the point where it was on the verge of extinction. Intensive conservation efforts in recent decades, however, have been successful so that it was recently downlisted from Critically Endangered to Endangered. 

Sources & Links:
Read about the sperm whale with 6kg of plastic in its stomach: 
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46275742 

Read about the study in Cyprus on plastic pollution on sea turtle nesting beaches:
https://news.mongabay.com/2018/11/turtles-exposed-to-record-levels-of-microplastics-on-mediterranean-beaches/

For more on Northern Bald Ibis life history and conservation:
https://www.unep-aewa.org/sites/default/files/publication/unep_aewa_ts55_rev_issap_nbi.pdf 

http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/northern-bald-ibis-geronticus-eremita/text 

The journal article about the Northern Bald Ibis in ancient Egyptian culture:
Janak, J. 2010. Spotting the Akh. The Presence of the Northern Bald Ibis in Ancient Egypt and Its Early Decline. Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 46: 17-31. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/41431566 

Learn more about Northern Bald Ibis reintroductions in Europe:
http://waldrapp.eu/index.php/en/en-home 

http://www.uva-bits.nl/project/northern-bald-ibis-geronticus-eremita-reintroduction-programme-in-andalusia/ 

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