Preservation of the Spanish Imperial EagleBy: Priya GuptaThe Spanish Imperial Eagle is a raptor that is greatly endangered, it lives mostly in Spain and some parts of Portugal and Morocco. Spain:According to “Spain Population (LIVE).”Spain has a population of about 46.4 million people. Spain’s capital is Madrid. According to weatheronline.co.uk. Spain’s climate in the summer is dry and hot. In the winter Spain is very rainy and wet. Spain also has many beautiful beaches, forests, rivers, and mountains and is located in south-west Europe. (“Spain Population (LIVE)”) (“weatheronline.co.uk.”). Its is Habitat:According to Jais, the Spanish Imperial Eagle lives in forests and marshes. Sometimes they can also be found in agricultural areas. If you leave them alone you can find them anywhere as long as there is a flock of rabbits nearby. (Jais).The Ecosystem It is a Part of: The Spanish Imperial Eagle is a consumer more specifically a carnivore. According to Jais, the Spanish Imperial Eagle’s diet consists mostly of rabbits and sometimes pigeons and other birds. Without the Spanish Imperial Eagle, our ecosystem would experience some changes, there wouldn’t be as many birds of prey eating rabbits which means that there would be more rabbits. If there are more rabbits than they would eat more grass and other vegetables. To get more vegetables they could possibly attack our farms which would directly affect us because we would have less to eat. Of course, there could be other not as dramatic outcomes but as Marshall said “It’s hard to predict the effect of killing off a species unless you go ahead and kill it – and then it’s too late to reverse it.” (Jais) (Marshall).Why They are Endangered:The Spanish Imperial Eagle is endangered because of us humans. According to Minolta, a scenario similar to the one I described in the previous paragraph actually happened in the 1960’s. The Spanish Imperial Eagle population got down to about only 30 pairs left in the wild. This happened because of deforestation and poaching. With Imperial Eagle population going down so quickly farmers had to use pesticides to keep away the bunnies which weren’t getting eaten. However, that definitely didn’t help the Imperial Eagle population either because rabbits are what they eat most. If they eat poisoned rabbits they get poisoned too. So all of a sudden now there are 3 reasons why the Imperial Eagles are endangered. Deforestation which is destroying their habitat, poaching and now they are getting poisoned. (Minolta) What Can/Is Be/Being Done to Save the Imperial Eagle using Science: We can put ‘tags’ or collars on the Imperial Eagles so we can track them by satellite, this way we can observe the Imperial Eagles and make sure they don’t run into any trouble. Since one of the reasons the Imperial Eagles are endangered is deforestation so to save their habitat and countless others maybe it’s time we turn completely digital or as digital as possible. For the little paper that we absolutely need to use maybe, we can find another way to make a different type of paper that doesn’t require the home of countless animals and the lungs of our planet. We can stop using pesticides or at least use pesticides that don’t harm the animal but just keep it away. Why We Should or Shouldn’t Protect Endangered Species:There seem to be lots of reasons to why we shouldn’t protect endangered species and not as many to why we should. One of the biggest reason why people think there is no need to protect endangered species is the price that it will cost us. According to Marshall, a study in 2012 reported that it would take around about 76 billion dollars per year to protect all the endangered species in the world. And why not use all that money for our own benefits instead after all it is our hard earned money. Another reason people think it isn’t worth it to save endangered species is that species died out even before humans arrived on the planet like the dinosaurs. But the truth is that ever since we arrived, the species extinction rate has increased by a ton. Some people say why save the species that are poisonous or that are dangerous to us. The reason for that is because if one species dies out it is like a chain reaction which affects the rest of the world. Like I mentioned before if the imperial eagle die out then there will be too many rabbits which will start to attack our crops. To stop that farmers will use pesticides which will not only affect the rabbits but other animals too like the Iberian Lynx and may even cause some more animal extinctions.