The sound was unmistakable: sharp but majestic at the same time, and coming from a large tree at the edge of the lake I was fishing. Watching the bald eagle take flight, I marveled at its impressive size and reflected on the fact that it had become a common member of the local lake community. Bald eagles are lucky: they were once endangered, but with the help of wildlife and conservation biologists, they’ve come back to such an extent that we’re starting to take them for granted again . We can say that the eagles have had a very good Christmas lately, with lots of presents under the tree.
However, not all species are so lucky. Many are not as beautiful as eagles, and there can only be one national symbol. Others are not species of game or fish that humans enjoy hunting or catching. Some species are undervalued and ignored, yet many play important roles in our ecosystems, often helping charismatic and athletic species in one way or another. In the past, there haven’t been many conservation gifts for species like frogs, insects, plants, or even songbirds. Historically, we do not give gifts to species that are not endangered or have no economic value to us.
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