Apr 12, 2022
Trash Animals
Play • 35 min

Have you ever tried birdwatching at a landfill? In a world where we produce more than 2 Billion tons of garbage each year, it's hardly  surprising that  those mountains of waste  have developed a life of their own.  From landfills to small town dumps to scraps of food left behind by tourists in the Galapagos Islands, animals are evolving in big and small ways because of their proximity to our waste. Whether it's Darwin's finches or  Edmonton's coyotes, animals that live near humans have a Disneyland of potential food sources.  It's also full of potential risks.  Join Niki Wilson and Jay Ingram as they explore Trash Animals and how our perceptions of these creators are impacting how we treat them.  

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Further reading: 

  • Article about Luis De Leon’s research on Darwin’s Finches
  • Article about Amy Savage’s research on ants in New York City
  • Video of Colleen Cassady St. Clair showing how to measure the boldness of a coyote
  • Article by Nick Lund on how to learn to love landfills for birdwatching

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