Parrots Over Puerto Rico
Just discovered this beautiful children’s book over at Brain Pickings. It tells the story of an endangered avian species, Puerto Rico’s iguaca parrots. Once abundant, they have been in decline since the first settlers arrived from Europe, another sad victim of Earth’s most invasive species: Homo sapiens.
But instead of a tale of doom and gloom, an early obituary for another jewel of nature, this book is a species celebration, highlighting what’s great about the birds and the scientific work being done to save them. The artwork is awesome, too :)
Sure, the extinction danger is real, but isn’t ecological optimism a better call to action? Isn’t it better to highlight the incredible splendor we can work to save rather than a list of losses?