Blue-bearded helmetcrest

Undark Podcast #5: Conflict & Conservation

Join our podcast host David Corcoran as he discusses with writer Alexandra Ossola her journey into mountains of Colombia to find a rare hummingbird and the parallels she saw with the people who share its territory. Also: Undark’s Tracker columnist, Paul Raeburn, talks about fair use of copyrighted material.

Endangered: A Bird and a Tribe

The Blue-bearded helmetcrest is a vanishingly rare hummingbird, and until March of last year, it hadn’t been seen in the wild for nearly 70 years. I traveled to the high mountains of Colombia to see it for myself, and returned with lessons both unexpected and essential in the complex ethics of conservation.