Portrait of Living Wind

A century ago this month, the world’s last passenger pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius)¬†died in the Cincinnati Zoo, long¬†after the last passenger pigeon had been seen in the wild. The passenger pigeon, once populous beyond imagining, took only a century to disappear. It seems that more than one factor was responsible for the population decline and how…

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Curlew Farewell

The last time an Eskimo Curlew was seen and positively identified, it suffered the same fate as when it was first officially identified and illustrated by John James Audubon himself: It was shot and then examined by an ornithologist. It’s been exactly fifty years since that last bird was felled, and as such, it has…

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