Smithsonian Journeys Dispatches

Reflections on Earth Day

A bright blue morpho butterfly found in the Amazon

The Amazon rainforest is the home to thousands of endemic species, including the morpho butterfly. These species are from all walks of life, from bacteria, to plants, to great mammals; however, many are critically endangered. Mankind has caused the extinction of thousands of rainforest dwellers through deforestation and increasing atmospheric pollutants. This Earth Day, we pause to reflect on the incredible biodiversity that exists in this ecologically significant region.

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