Temple University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering ENVT 0945 Honors: The Environment Spring 2010 Final Exam The topic of the Final Exam is species extinction, endangerment, and, perhaps, a miraculous recovery. We have been discussing this idea via two topics. 1. The repopulation of Floreana Island (Galapagos Archipelago) with the namesake Floreana Mockingbird as a memorial to Charles Darwin’s 200 th birthday which also coincides (approximately) with the 150 th anniversary of On the Origin of Species . The Floreana Mockingbird was identified by Darwin as the “spark” that lead to his now famous explanation of species development and extinction. The original population was eventually decimated by the introduction of cats and other exotic species. 2. Sixty years after the last confirmed sighting of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker in Arkansas a possible sighting was videotaped in 2004. Although the existence of the “extinct” species is still under intense study the US Fish and Wildlife Services has developed a contingency recovery plan
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