Birds are remarkable and beautiful animals – and they’re disappearing from our world

Hermanus Bird Club

From The Guardian

Kim Heacox

In the past half century, North America has lost a fourth of its birds. Earth is now a coalmine, and every wild bird is a canary

‘How diminished our world would be without birds, those dinosaurs with feathers and songsmiths with wings.’
‘How diminished our world would be without birds, those dinosaurs with feathers and songsmiths with wings.’Photograph: Robin Loznak/Zuma Press Wire/Rex/Shutterstock

When the poet Mary Oliver wrote “Instructions for living a life,” she reminded us: “Pay attention. Be astounded. Tell about it.”

This past autumn, wildlife officials announced that a bird, a male bar-tailed godwit, flew nonstop across the Pacific Ocean 8,100 miles from Alaska to Australia in just under 10 days. Fitted with a small solar-powered satellite tag, the godwitachieved“a land bird flight record”. But of course godwits have been doing this for centuries. Come next April-May, all things well, determined godwits will make the trip in reverse, bound for Alaska to nest and raise their young.

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