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Dec 4, 2016

Paper birds flutter for real birds

Photo by Juan Carlos Hidalgo / EPA

Above, a woman walks through paper birds placed by World Wildlife Fund activists opposite Spain's lower house in Madrid, on Novemeber 24, to demand greater protection of Donana National Park in Andalusia, southern Spain.   The park is home to thousands of European and African migratory birds, fallow deer, Spanish Red Deer, wild boars, badgers, mongooses and endangered species such as the Iberian Lynx and the Spanish Imperial Eagle (pictured at left).   The eco-systems of these creatures are under constant threat by the draining of marshes, the use of river waters to boost agricultural production by irrigating land along the coast, water pollution by up-river mining, human encroachment and the expansion of tourist facilities, loss of habitat and illegal poisoning.
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