My blog’s title, of course, references the Great Auk Pinguinus impennis, formerly found throughout the northern Atlantic.  This bird, like the Dodo, is one of the most notorious examples of human-caused extinction in recent history; the last breeding pair, along with their egg, were destroyed on 04 June 1844 on the island of Eldey off the coast of Iceland.

But there’s a lot to the Great Auk besides just its sad end.   “In Praise of the Great Auk” explains why.

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