100 Years Ago, Humanity Exterminated the Passenger Pigeon

Today, 1 September 2014, marks the final passing of a iconic species: the passenger pigeon, which in the 19th century was the most populous bird in North America. This editorial by conservation scientist Stanley Temple, of the Aldo Leopold Foundation in Baraboo WI, puts the human-caused extinction of the pigeon in a larger context about our ethical relation to nature and future prospects for conserving our remaining biodiversity.

WSJ Editorial on PP 2014-08-31

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