A swift natural wonder in the midst of a megalopolis

If you build it, they will come – isn’t that what they say about real estate? Well, sometimes they come and find real estate (habitat) in whatever it is you may have built for entirely different purposes! Most living organisms are like that – they will try to find a way to make a living in the unlikeliest of places – and if they make it, their progeny will thrive there too! Evolution is like that too – not terribly fussy about what is “natural” or “artificial” to the human eye, but rewarding innovation and flexibility in the face of adversity when any organism finds novel ways to overcome challenges. So why is it that we humans are so slow to learn from this? Why are we insistent on “protecting” biodiversity in reservations/ghettos far from human influence, and continue to ignore those bits of biodiversity that have found ways to live among us, sometimes even thrive among us? Surely, if we pay a bit more attention, and figure out what it is that allows them to do so, we may be able to change our ways, our technologies, our architecture, just a bit to accommodate more species within the human habitats that now dominate this planet, no? How about providing more habitat for biodiversity right in our neighborhoods, not just in remote mountains, jungles, oceans?

Like the Vaux’s Swifts that take over a chimney in Los Angeles during their autumn migration through that megacity, as narrated in this radio story:


And here is a video clip accompanying the story, which I first found via Audubon California’s Facebook page:

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Vaux’s Swifts roosting in downtown LA building from 89.3 KPCC on Vimeo.


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