(This article first appeared on focusingonwildlife.com)
It has been said that our generation lives at the optimal time of the world’s history for birding and wildlife watching. Although vast parts of our natural heritage have been destroyed over the recent few centuries (sadly most rapidly during the last few decades), enough still exists that almost all species may still be encountered. In the past, while there was more habitat and wildlife, many parts of the world were inaccessible and information about finding species was not available. At present, we have the means to travel almost everywhere on our planet AND most wildlife still survives. However, unless drastic changes are made, it seems inevitable that at least one of these conditions will no longer exist.
The mighty Steller’s Sea Eagle in flight across the Zhapanova River. Image by Adam Riley