Introduction: The Human Impact
The growing human population is wiping out Earth’s resources and many plant and animal species. Scientists are calling this the Earth’s sixth mass extinction event. They say that we are extinguishing species between 100 and 1,000 times faster than the average rate throughout Earth history.
We can’t seem to do anything about the human population boom, so we can’t stop species extinctions. We can sometimes intervene to save a species. We can return species to places they formerly occupied, and we can protect or restore damaged habitats. Of course, we have to know that species are declining before we can decide to intervene. The only way to know how most species are doing is to conduct repeated field surveys. On foot, clipboard in hand. Continue reading