September 1st marked the 100th anniversary of the death of Martha, the last Passenger Pigeon. The Passenger Pigeon was one of the most abundant birds in the world during the 19th century until they went extinct in 1914.
“The extinction of the Passenger Pigeon had two major causes: commercial exploitation of pigeon meat on a massive scale and loss of habitat.”
Now, a report recently released from the National Audubon Society says that climate change is threatening 314 bird species with possible extinction.
The birds don’t get a say in how our actions and decisions affect them. We know better and we can do better. I’ve read only a fraction about some of the long- and short-term consequences of the loss of a species; it is a large part of what motivates me to give my undivided attention and best possible care to whatever winged creatures come through the doors at the wildlife rehabilitation center.
Feathered friends at the wildlife rehabilitation center.
The Top 5 Reasons I Give a Hoot
- They are pretty, intriguing, quirky, and fun to watch. Emphasis on the pretty!
- They give us clues about the health of the environment.
- Slurping up mosquitoes and other pesky pests – insectivorous birds rock!
- They spread seeds and pollen which helps other environmental goodies grow.
- They help naturally control disease and rodent populations.
Because, I mean, come on.
By the way, that IS delicious bird-friendly coffee in that mug!