27 Aug '14, 1pm

100 years later, the passenger pigeon still haunts us via @MotherNatureNet

100 years later, the passenger pigeon still haunts us via @MotherNatureNet

The idea is intriguing, but many conservationists and bird enthusiasts are skeptical. It would need to produce another captive-breeding program, for example, which can be difficult and expensive even under normal circumstances. Passenger pigeons' habitats have also been transformed since they last saw them, raising questions about their viability in the wild (although a recent study does suggest they could survive in smaller flocks). And more broadly, critics say the allure of de-extinction might soften our respect for the finality of extinction, making wildlife conservation seem less urgent.

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/100-years-...

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