What are some of your happiest memories of being in nature? Perhaps, as a kid, you watched swallows skimming over a glistening lake or skimmers by the sea? Or maybe one summer you found a tiny humming bird's nest in an elderly relative's backyard? Whatever precious memories you have, stop for a moment and ask yourself: What if your children and grandchildren won't have awe-inspiring experiences like these? How would you feel? The populations of many plant and animal species are shrinking or going extinct at an alarming rate because of habitat loss, pollution, and climate change (Sidebar 1).…
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