Carolina Parakeets

their song, as brilliant as their feathers, will never be heard again.

when they tried to share in food we believed was ours we shot them. these beautiful birds refused to leave a member of their flock behind, so they did not scatter when we fired; they remained with their parents and children and mates and siblings until we had killed every one.

extinct. we killed them all.

no one did this with intent, each action was taken in isolation.

 

today we know that many species are on the edge of extinction because of climate change. because of us.

we can do better.