Posted: Apr 12, 2018 3:29 pm
by Sendraks
I was struck by how muted the response was to the death of last Northern White Rhino. It was almost as if the enormity of what humanity had allowed to happen, left people bereft of any way to express how they felt. A feeling all too readily applied to every other species we've horrifically driven to the brink of extinction.

I saw Greenfinches for the first time in over a decade at the weekend. A bird that used to be regular feature of my day to day life, just disappeared from view, due to the effects of a disease that began ravaging the population in 2006. Seeing that bird again (there were three on my feeders) actually brought me to tears, because I hadn't fully realised how much I'd missed seeing them. How much human involvement, via bird feeders and bird friendly gardens, has helped the population recover I don't know. I like to think we helped.

There are species which humanity has nearly driven to extinction and, thanks to human intervention, have been saved. Were it not for the work of the WWT, in particular the staff at Martin Mere, then children today would probably have no idea what a NeNe looks like outside of stuffed specimens in the Natural History museum or pictures in books.

We're still at a tipping point as to whether we continue down the path of environmental destruction or whether we start to crawl back from the brink. I've seen positive changes in my lifetime. Not enough but, better than nothing.