One of my first jobs was at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia where I had a stuffed emu next to my drawing board. Mostly I laid out their publications and designed “no smoking” signs but once got to put together a small exhibit of extinct species like the carrier pigeon. Since then, we’ve lost many more species including eight in the past decade.
When I was a kid, we’d lie on our backs and watch huge flocks of birds migrate overhead in our Philly suburb. No more. Today, the best places to find rare birds are at the bottom of our Center City skyscrapers where they’ve hit the glass and fallen to the pavement. The Department of the Interior’s loosening of environmental protections for endangered species is going to leave our kids a world without birds, save the cuckoos currently running Washington, DC.
Editorial cartoons from this week include: