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BirdNote: Why Should You Care About Birds?

Kent Kanouse

Dr. Gordon Orians, BirdNote science advisor and blackbird expert, believes we should appreciate nature “simply because of its intrinsic wonder.” 

He says, “Often people would ask me, 'What good are blackbirds?’ and I would sometimes answer by saying, 'Well, what good is a symphony orchestra?' It turns us on, you know. For example, birds can navigate using the stars; they can navigate using the earth's magnetic field. So birds have this amazing ability . . . and look how exciting and wonderful they are.”