Something is going to die. It will be invasive species or it will be indigenous species. Inaction is a choice for invasives to survive to the detriment of indigenous species.
That is the gist of a reflection on New Zealand’s Predator Free 2050 goal, published in New Zealand Geographic.
‘If we leave predators to it, it isn’t only birds that they’ll extinguish, but the trees those species pollinate, the insect communities they sustain. You can’t pull threads out of an ecosystem without the whole thing fraying’, says Rebekah White in the magazine’s January 2020 editorial.