To fly again…
If you’ve ever lived in the tropics, you’ve seen the humble Egret – large, wild flocks of them. While they are a thriving species, their fate once hung in the balance. In fact, because they were thriving in many places, one man made a causal claim that these birds could never be in danger of extinction.
At the turn of the 19th century, when wide-brimmed hats, with snowy clouds of egret plumage covering the top and brim, were all the rage, large numbers of the Egret were decimated. In a short time period, their populations went from flourishing to near extinction.
Two courageous women started a new “unfashionable” trend by refusing to wear feathers and so turned the tide to save these beautiful birds. For these two women, dressing at the height of fashion was not worth destroying another species of living things. Their simple decision gave Egrets a chance to thrive once again.
The lesson: feathers are for the birds.
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