Maps of language laid over maps of biodiversity show that cultural diversity in humans aligns with diversity in forms of life. Wildlife and landscapes shape our language, thought and ways of being. As biodiversity needs conservation so do indigenous languages. I am currently applying for funding to return to Chiloé Island in Chile with a collaborative research team working on a book of plants written in Huillichesungun, a pre-colonial language spoken by the Huilliche community.
For now if you want to read more about connection between human culture and wildlife here is an article I wrote about some orchids that shape culture.
Views of Chiloé