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  • Of Mice (well actually birds) and Men

    Posted by Shannon Love on February 13th, 2006 (All posts by )

    So a scientist spends an ungodly amount of time painstakingly analyzing in exciting detail the bird species that humans hunted in California prior to European contact. In doing so he built up an ecological profile. What did it show?

    Broughton concluded that California wasn’t always a lush Eden before settlers arrived. Instead, from 2,600 to at least 700 years ago, native people hunted some species to local extinction, and wildlife returned to “fabulous abundances” only after European diseases decimated Indian populations starting in the 1500s.

    So the secret to a vibrant ecosystem is dead Native Americans? That’s not very poetic.

     

    2 Responses to “Of Mice (well actually birds) and Men”

    1. incognito Says:

      now Shannon, you know better than to utter such politically incorrect non-sense. we all know that Native Americans were at one with nature. and the real enemies are those evil Europeans. I’m surprised the ministry of truth hasn’t labeled you a racist and xenophobe, and sentenced you to political re-education. er, I mean diversity training…

    2. Dan Says:

      On this and related subjects, I can’t recommend 1491 highly enough. Everything they taught us in school is laughably wrong.