Editor's Note: “A Time of Deep Reflection”

  • Lisa Moore, Editorial Director
  • Conservation
  • Feb 01, 2021

Rose petals gleam in a coat of ice, promising new life after the thaw.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, WONDERFUL READERS. I hope you all were able to enjoy some safe, peaceful time with loved ones during the holiday season. With a new year upon us, we look forward to the decline of the lethal pandemic that has impacted so many. We also look back at lessons learned, particularly those related to wildlife.

Lisa Moore, National Wildlife Editorial Director

Our article “In Harm’s Way” offers a scientific deep dive into how viruses and other pathogens can jump from animals to humans, leading to deadly diseases such as COVID-19. Such zoonotic disease outbreaks are becoming more frequent as burgeoning human populations encroach on wildlife habitat, a reality that may spur greater conservation action. We also explore how the pandemic-related slowdown in human activity—what some call the “anthropause”—has impacted wildlife (Room to Roam?), benefiting species such as orcas and some nesting sea turtles but also, in a few locations, increasing poaching and reducing vital income from ecotourism.

In honor of winter, we offer a glimpse at how wildlife species live under—and need—the snow (A Fading Winter Blanket). And we share the compassionate insights of author Terry Tempest Williams (Healing Our Land—and Ourselves), who calls on us all to strive for greater equity and justice in conservation and in life. During this “time of deep reflection,” she asks: “If we want the world to change, how do we change ourselves?”

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