The Canary in the Coal Mine? No. The Passenger Pigeon

If you’ve never seen a picture of a passenger pigeon, look it up. They were very beautiful. They key word here is were. They’re all gone now, every single one, because they were not appreciated. I guess they made good eating and were sometimes a nuisance, and when shooting guns became all the rage, there were insensitive people who shot the poor birds just for sport. We take it for granted, these beautiful earthly gifts, when they’re in abundance. When Europeans, Africans and Middle Easterners came to the New World, they were dazzled by the diversity of our feathered friends. Passenger pigeons, now extinct, were so numerous along the Mississippi, they were known to block the sunlight for hours.  Suellen Ocean is the author of Acorns and Eat’em, a how-to vegetarian cookbook and field guide for eating acorns. Find it here:–Vegetarian-Cookbook/dp/1491288973



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