By Our Own Hand

In today’s NYT: “Nearly one-third of the wild birds in the United States and Canada have vanished since 1970, a staggering loss that suggests the very fabric of North America’s ecosystem is unraveling.
The disappearance of 2.9 billion birds over the past nearly 50 years was reported today in the journal Science, a result of a comprehensive study by a team of scientists from seven research institutions in the United States and Canada.”
As a lover of birds, I, of course, find this heart-breaking. But who doesn’t? Who doesn’t love birds? Like no other class of vertebrates, they animate our world with their activity, songs, graceful flight and the beauty of their bodily designs and plumage. What a tragedy … and what a condemnation of greedy and short-sighted humanity.
In 1962, Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” put us on notice. And here we are, 57 years later, counting up the billions of birds that are no longer with us. Earth was an Eden for the first humans. Then we ate the apple of the tree of knowledge and look at what we have now. We are doomed, and by our own hand.

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About Evensteven

I am a photographer and author, and live in Embudo, New Mexico, alongside the Rio Grande. I have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: The Grand: I have also published six additional iBooks: 1. The Salt River: 2. Coyote Buttes: 3. Four Cornered, the Land: 4. Four Cornered, The Rivers: 5. Rio Marañon: 6. Rio Grande:
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