The Birds of America: From Drawings Made
in the United States and Their Territories
John James Audubon
New York: J.B. Chevalier, 1840–44http://biodiversitylibrary.org/item/125069#page/
While we can’t bring back the species and subspecies that have gone extinct, we can preserve and share our knowledge of them to help avoid future extinctions. The plight of the Carolina Parakeet is highlighted in Once There Were Billions: Vanished Birds of North America, a new exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). Co-curated by BHL, Smithsonian Libraries, and NMNH, the exhibit includes illustrations from BHL and specimens from NMNH. Research on extinct species—and extinction itself—depends on the taxonomic literature and natural history specimen collections to understand the morphology, distribution, and behaviors of lost species. Having access to this information can help scientists understand not only how different factors led to one species’ extinction but also how those same factors may impact other species.
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