Though the continent has lost 3 billion birds since 1970, those losses are hard to glean because it’s the commonest species that have been hit hardest.
Ed YongNorth America has lost a quarter of its birds in 50 years. 3 billion individuals. And surprisingly, it’s the common species that have been most heavily hit
Ed Yong“As with the passenger pigeon, abundance obscures decline. “If you have a lot of birds coming to your feeder and they’re reduced by 30 percent, you might not see that. This loss of abundance can be happening right under our noses.””
Ed YongOften with these biological annihilation stories, people want to know what they can personally do (besides voting/activism). Often the answers aren’t clear. Not so for bird declines. Start with keeping domestic cats indoors (or on a leash).
The people of pre-colonial Puerto Rico did not disappear entirely—a new study shows that the island’s residents still carry bits of their DNA.
Ed YongA new ancient DNA study shows that modern-day Puerto Ricans can trace some ancestry to the island's Indigenous peoples. It supports their oral histories, and helps counter the common colonial narrative of complete extinction.
Ed Yong"Thinking about who we are and where we came from: These are questions that run through the discourse of the island. They’re personal to me and to most Puerto Ricans." - @mitoPR
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