3 Best Articles I’ve read on Medium in February

And you can still read them too

Zuzanna Żak
2 min readMar 1


There are apparently over 20,000 new stories published on Medium published every day. But in February, the amount of non-bird-related work didn’t permit me to dive into some of it as much as usual. Or maybe the feed algorithms are playing tricks on me.

Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash

So here are the 3 articles, not the usual 5, that I would like to share with you that were written in the month of February.

Treeplanting: As Unsustainable As Sustainability by B. Lorraine Smith

The products packaging of many plastic bottles in my country is filled with statements claiming that they replant a tree for every sold bottle. B. Lorraine Smith tells her story from both the side of someone that planted those trees in the past and after seeing all the shades of corporate green.

Viewing Egrets as Fine Art Subjects by Randy Runtsch

Randy Runtsch’s story is filled with photos of egrets, telling the story of their, nonconsensual, engagement in the fashion business. After the craze, the egrets needed protection to save them from extinction, and fortunately, we can still see them outside, and not just their feathers on the hats in museums.

Angry Birds: Rural Robins Get ‘Road Rage’ When Exposed To Traffic Noise by 𝐆𝐫𝐫𝐥𝐒𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐭, scientist & journalist

Birds in cities are singing louder and simpler melodies to get heard in the mix of car and human noise, but those sounds also impact how birds communicate, and to which means of communication they choose.

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Zuzanna Żak

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