The Federal Fish and Wildlife Service announced yesterday that a total of seven South American bird species were placed on the endangered species list. Most of these birds inhabit Forests on Brazil’s Atlantic Coast and were already considered protected under Brazilian Law, but Brazilian protection is considered insufficient. This rufous-vented ground cuckoo looks a little bit like a great, great grandson of DJ Utah and now he’s in danger of extinction too. Other birds that were placed on the list yesterday include, the cherry-throated tanager, the fringe-backed fire-eye and the black-hooded antwren. These dudes all live in one of the most bio-diverse places in the world. Brazil’s Atlantic Forest is twice the size of Texas and an amazing place. Sadly, only about 7% of it remains intact. These little bird friends of ours are struggling with the same problem as the polar bears. They’re losing their habitat. Massive deforestation has destroyed most of this beautiful place. Placing these species on the endangered list will help get money to the region faster and hopefully the Brazilians can regenerate this impressive place. What do you think about this issue? What would be the best way to restore this amazing forest?