Scientists excited to catalogue Cuba's bird species

February 27, 2015 10:39 PM

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But some scientists worry that this opening up will put vulnerable species at risk, as travel, tourism and ultimately trade inevitably bring further commercial development. For this reason, many birders are anxious not just to see Cuba's winged wildlife, but to protect it.

"The normalizing of relationships will unleash a tide of scientists champing at the bit to get back in," Doug Rader, a marine biologist with the Environmental Defense Fund, told NPR.

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