Saturday, March 24, 2012

Writing About Extinction

common loon, biodiversity, extinction, endangered species
I stumbled on Paul Aird's work when I was looking for recent extinctions in North America. He is Professor Emeritus of forest conservation policy at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Forestry. Among his research interests are forest history and the ongoing efforts to conserve biodiversity.

He is also a big fan of loons, so much so that he has named his website Loons Forever, after them. There you can find links to his ecologically themed writings, songs, plays and philosophy. You can also find this terrific audio clip, which  makes you want to go to where the loons are and be a part of that landscape . I don't know about you, but I definitely have not heard enough loons in my life.

Paul Ehrlich described the present mass extinction as popping out rivets from an airplane. We don't know which rivet is going to bring the entire plane down. Check out Paul Aird's animated poem, The ABC Book of Extinctions, to see how many letters you can delete before you get absolute gibberish.

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