John R. Platt
John R. Platt covers wildlife and endangered species for Scientific American, TakePart, Vice, and other publications. He lives in Portland, Oregon, which of course means he has backyard chickens.
Articles by John R. Platt
November 10, 2016 — This fall, an endangered Whooping Crane that produced a hybrid chick with a Sandhill Crane had to be removed from the wild. This is his story.
The Hawaiian Crow Is Ready to Make Its Big Comeback
October 05, 2016 — Extinct in its natural habitat since 2002, the tool-using Hawaiian Crow will return to the wild this November with lots of support.
In Argentina, New Nesting Research Shows How Loggers Could Save Countless Birds
September 06, 2016 — Old woodpecker holes typically serve as homes for multiple other species, but for Argentina’s cavity dwellers, it’s a little more complicated.
How Flashing Lights on Cell Towers Can Save Birds’ Lives
February 18, 2016 — As many as 7 million birds in the U.S. die every year when they strike communication towers, but not for much longer.