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Two boys on opposite sides of the Iron Curtain joined forces to build an eco-corridor that runs through the heart of Europe.

February 18, 2015

"Wolves, which were extirpated from Germany more than a century ago, hunt on the outskirts of Berlin. Golden jackals, whose cousins run with the wildebeest on the Serengeti, have been spotted in Austria and Italy, places they may not have been since the Iron Age. Beavers, once nearly wiped off the continent, number some 700,000. Moose, ibex, feral horses, griffon vultures, and white storks—the list goes on. And this may only be the beginning. Though they couldn’t have known it at the time, Kai and Gunter, with their early conservation efforts on opposite sides of the Iron Curtain, were pioneers in a movement that is spreading, like so many furry creatures, across Europe."

From “The Boys Who Loved Birds,” Phil McKenna’s Big Roundtable story about two men who, as young Germans decades ago, set out to protect a narrow strip of vegetation that’s become part of a 7,700-mile-long conservation corridor.

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