Flitting, flickering, flashing
black, white, and a note of red
passes beneath trees
that were already old at the end
of the Civil War.
The lovely departed species
announces its fearless
refusal to cease to be.
And as we stand in awe of life’s
Based on the article, the poem, and what you have learned elsewhere, who do you think loses when a plant or animal species becomes extinct? Is that price always too high, or do you think there are times when the needs of humans outweigh those of other species? Support your answer with reasons and examples. I didnt really understand
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in my opinion, the loss of a species is never justified by the needs of any other species. there is always a way around exterminating a race of animals, even if it means we do nothing. Human being can easily survive without any further expansion, we have set up our lives like that, any further species wiped out by us will be done out of greed and selfishness. Human being do not own the earth, it is the right of life to live on it, and we have no right to destroy it.
Back from Extinction
In 2004, two biologists were canoeing in a remote part of Arkansas. They were searching for a bird that local people said was there. As the men floated along, they listened for a bird call neither had ever heard before.
Then a crow-sized woodpecker flew across the river and got lost among the tall trees. It had a red crest on its head, a pale beak, and white bars on its black wings. The men stared, and then they looked at one another. Then they burst into tears.
They had proved something amazing: Ivory-billed woodpeckers still graced the planet. But they were supposedly extinct. The last positive sighting of an ivory-bill had been 60 years earlier, in 1944.
Victims of Disappearing Habitat
Ivory-bills are America’s largest woodpeckers. According to experts, they need large areas of old-growth forest, including many big, dead trees, in order to survive. Beneath the bark of dead and dying trees they find beetle larvae, which is their main source of food.
As the old forests were logged, the birds gradually disappeared. The last ivory-bills seen lived in northeast Louisiana. They survived there because the area had never been logged. In the 1940s, the timber company that owned the area where the ivory-bills lived “harvested” the forest, and the birds seemingly disappeared forever.
But they weren’t gone for good. In large tracts of forest along rivers in southeastern Arkansas, there are forested wetlands that house centuries-old cypress trees, giant tupelo and sweet gum trees—and ivory-billed woodpeckers. At first, scientists kept the discovery secret. They were afraid the news of its rediscovery would cause a stampede into the area, which they wanted to avoid until they could be sure there was a healthy population of the birds.
The people who live near the ivory-bills, on the other hand, could have knocked the hats off the scientists. The ivory-bills are a financial bonanza. Tourists are flocking to the area—exactly what the scientists feared. Local people couldn’t be happier that the scientists’ fears were realized.
I dont think the annihilation of a species is ever justified by the needs of our own. thats why we set up wild life reserves and limit foresting, but that isnt enough. the ivory billed woodpecker needs to have that area of land sanctioned off for its growth, otherwise we, humans, would have killed them. there is no reason that we cant set up more tree farms on vacant land. we need to be responsible to our earth.