Turkey's wetlands and lakes are drying up and with them the nation's bird species are also disappearing. Total bird counts have dropped 50 percent in the past 20 years and now up to 70 percent of the bird species regularly observed in Turkey are threatened with extinction according to 0lhami Kizirolu a professor of biology at Ankara's Hacettepe University.
A total of 435 different bird species can be found in Turkey "including those that reproduce in Turkey and those that visit the country during the winter " Kizirolu told the Anatolia News Agency. "Ninety-five species will have significant decreases in their numbers while 101 species face possible extinction."
Because many of these birds are migratory and don't recognize national borders most of these Turkish bird species can be found in other parts of Europe Asia and Africa and may maintain healthy populations elsewhere. Turkey however has historically been an important breeding or wintering location and the loss of suitable habitat there can affect species's total health.
For example "one seventh of the European population of the white-headed duck exists in Turkey " Kizirolu said. The duck (Oxyura leucocephala) which is listed as an endangered species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species winters in Turkey's Lake Burdur. But Kizirolu says the duck "is threatened by the level of industrial waste and the decreasing water levels in the lake." According to BirdLife InternationalLake Burdur is "very important for wintering water birds and is the single most important wintering site" for the white-headed duck—two thirds of its world population spends winter there.
Species that have already disappeared from Turkey include the oriental darter (Anhinga melanogaster) and critically endangered northern bald ibis (Geronticus eremita) the latter of which now only breeds in captivity.
在土耳其已经消失的物种包括东方飞鱼（Anhinga melanogast)，濒临灭绝的物种有秃头朱鹭等（Geronticus eremita)（注：可翻译为隐鹮——鸟类网），秃头朱鹭现在只有在囚笼中繁殖的份了。
Another species at risk in Turkey is the eastern imperial eagle (Aquila heliaca) which according to the IUCN has already stopped breeding in nearby Greece.
在土耳其岌岌可危的另一物种是“东方帝鹰”（Aquila helica）（注： Eastern Imperial Eagle，应翻译为白肩雕——鸟类网），按照国际自然与自然保护联盟的说法，东方帝鹰在临近的希腊已经停止繁衍。
Kizirolu is calling on Turkish authorities to stop draining the country's wetlands.