Behold, the gorgeous ❤️ Scarlet Macaw, ❤️ formally deemed "endangered"😱 on February 25th of this year. In its public notification that date, the federal government explained.
This one hurts, because it taught me the true meaning of extinct. Only 150 of these golden gems exist, only in captivity. But global efforts continue to reawaken these treasured treats in the wild.
Yesterday, my peripheral vision caught Lil Zorro. I stopped, plopped in a chair near the window, and focused on Nature's show. My spirit, doused in visual Valium, danced. Today I am grateful for refusing to overlook the usual.
Burrowing Owl (North + South America), playing peek-a-boo. Snapped @ The National Aviary, Pittsburgh, PA