Today’s Solutions: December 11, 2023

The Optimist Daily loves reporting about the successful global efforts to restore biodiversity and protect endangered species. Whether that be the creation of a Nepalese bird sanctuary or how the Australian humpback whale has come back from endangered status, every comeback is a reason to celebrate.

This time we want to tell our readers about a successful project that has greatly restored the population of golden eagles in Scotland.

For a number of years there were between two and four breeding pairs in the southern region of Scotland. Thanks to a new translocation technique, conservationists have been able to turn this around, reporting a record rise in the number of golden eagles and the highest population figure in this region since the early nineteenth century.

The method works by relocating juvenile free-flying eagles from Scotland’s Outer Hebrides to the southern uplands. The progress of the birds is being monitored, checking that they settle and breed in these areas. So far, there have been frequent sightings of interactions with other native eagles, a positive sign.

“This new novel-research license has provided a significant boost in our efforts to ensure golden eagles truly flourish in southern skies,” explained project manager Dr. Cat Barlow. “Though it is still early days, this is the first in the UK to trial this approach as part of raptor reinforcement. This could be a groundbreaking technique for the global conservation management of golden eagles and other raptors.”

If this translocation technique proves successful, it could inspire other global conservation projects and successfully help save many more species, restoring lost biodiversity in areas around the world.

Another interesting project that aims to give animals free range for their conservation is the wildlife crossing being built over the 101-freeway in Southern California. This will protect all sorts of native animals like wolves, mountain lions, rabbits, deer, and more.

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