It is a soaring testimony to Mother Nature’s magic that the most massive animals ever to exist on Earth, the dinosaurs, have evolved into the very lightest: the birds.
There are almost ten thousand known species of birds in the world. About 1300 of those, that’s 12%, are now considered threatened. That number is even higher in the US. Shrinking and degraded habitats are the dominant cause, but pesticides and the introduction of exotic species are not far behind. And then there is, of course, climate change.
Bird have a very high metabolism and are, therefore, extremely sensitive to environmental degradation. The dwindling number of bird species is, almost literally, the canary in the coal mine telling us that something is really wrong.
The Sonora is home to some 100 species of birds and we are joined today by a bunch of the most common ones to remind you what they sound like without the sound of cars and airplanes. Please welcome:
Then there are the birds of prey. Commonly heard are…
And, bringing up the rear, his intended victims:
Thank you all for joining us! Take it away, Bill!