Disturbing headlines about wildlife keep popping up. Three billion fewer birds in our skies than 50 years ago; about one-third of America’s wild species are threatened with extinction; wildlife diseases threatening ecological and economic stability; crop pollinators such as birds and bees declining rapidly.
However, there are many wildlife success stories to tell. White-tailed deer, almost extinct a century ago, are now abundant. The once-rare wild turkey has returned to healthy populations and been reintroduced to areas where it had been extirpated. The country’s bison population, once reduced to less than 600, now includes more than 30,000 in the wild and many more on private ranches.