30 Apr '18, 1pm

Photo: Snowy egret's breeding beauty was once nearly its doom

Photo: Snowy egret's breeding beauty was once nearly its doom

Our photo of the day is a lesson in conservation. This stunning photo by Christine shows a snowy egret wearing its fabulous breeding suit – a fuchsia mask and exuberant wispy plumes that could put a peacock to shame. What a vision! But it is these incredible plumes of breeding season that almost led to the end of this spectacular species. In bygone eras, the fashion industry couldn't get enough of them. In typical Victorian exuberance, hats were festooned with the dramatic plumes of snowy egrets and other birds. By 1900, more than five million birds a year were being killed; almost 95 percent of Florida's shore birds had been killed by plume hunters. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology writes : During the breeding season, adult Snowy Egrets develop long, wispy feathers on their backs, necks, and heads. In 1886 these plumes were valued at $32 per ounce, which was twice the price...

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