The Grenada Dove, Grenada’s National Bird, critically endangered
The Grenada Dove (Leptotila wellsi) is a medium-sized New World tropical dove. It is endemic to the island of Grenada in the Lesser Antilles. Originally known as the Pea Dove or Well’s Dove, it is the National Bird of Grenada. It is considered to be one of the most critically endangered doves in the world (Bird Life International 2000).
The Grenadian government has passed an amendment to the Grenada National Parks and Protected Areas Act, giving the Governor General the right to sell national parks land (and other protected areas) to private developers.
The amendment to the National Parks Act allows the sale of the Mount Hartman National Park – the last stronghold of the critically endangered Grenada Dove – for a massive hotel and villa complex.[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tTqnrxexYQ%5D
In August 2011, the Government of Grenada’s Cabinet approved the protection of the last piece of government-owned Grenada Dove habitat through the addition of approximately 100 acres (c.40 ha) of the Beausejour Estate to the adjacent Perseverance Protected Area and Dove Sanctuary. This extremely positive move towards the conservation of Grenada’s national bird – the critically endangered Grenada Dove – now requires a survey and then legal designation by the Grenadian Parliament: here.
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