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  • Writer's pictureBruce Smith

Wildlife during Wartime


An article about conservation I came across caught my attention. It describes the dangerous conditions under which Ukranian biologists and conservationists work to understand the biology and to protect that country's biodiversity. In some cases, the very survival of species may be at stake. I found the story both tragic and inspiring.

During my year in Vietnam, I saw firsthand what war does to natural landscapes: reducing forests to rubble, cratering

grasslands, and fouling streams and wetlands. Beyond the human toll of the Ukranian War, the ecological costs are likely immense. Just one more reason for that conflict to end.










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