BirdLife: The Magazine Jan-Mar 2018 - Page 12

THE RED LIST Stars of the Red List Not one, but two of New Zealand’s kiwi species are no longer listed as Endangered thanks to nearly 30 years of egg rearing, predator control, and community devotion Kevin Hackwell What is the Red List? Nicknamed the “Barometer of Life”, the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species tells us which species are most in danger, and which to conserve first. With categories ranging from Least Concern right up to Extinct, a species’ Red List status is a powerful tool for persuading governments to take action. Every yearly update, we gather the latest scientific data from experts around the world, and assign a status based on size and trend of a species’ population and geographic range. Some species are thus “uplisted” due to a greater risk of extinction; others “downlisted”, often thanks to effective conservation work. This issue features some of this year’s most important “ups” and “downs” from the bird world. 12 birdlife • Jan-Mar 2018