Independence Day: Birds Edition
Ever wonder what that timeless movie “Independence Day” would look like if it was about endangered birds instead of aliens? If you’re like me, you wonder that every day. Here’s what Bill Pullman’s character’s speech might have looked like if that was a reality:
In less than an hour, fledglings from these nests will join others from around the world.
And you will be embarking upon the greatest aerial struggle in the history of birdkind.
“Birdkind.” That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore, like who gets what worm and who gets the best spot on the telephone wire. We will be united in our common interests — of saving endangered species from the brink of extinction.
Perhaps it’s fate that today is the Fourth of July, and we will once again be fighting for our survival… but not only from climate change, deforestation, or poaching… but from extinction.
We are fighting for our right to live.
To exist. To coincide with humans and other wildlife on this earth — to share beaches and natural spaces across the world.
And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an human holiday, but as the day the birds of the world declared in one voice: “We will not fly quietly into the night!”
We will not vanish without a flight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!
Have a terrific Independence Day, and be sure to be safe and respectful to wildlife when you celebrate this Friday.