I has music in mind when I wrote this week's Nature Notes article for the Lakeville Journal, readable here with free registration.
"... What grace notes are lost if they leave us? Do our woodlands remember the chestnut snows of summer that crowned their canopies with creamy white flowers? Is the drumming ground of the extinct heath hen, or the river without Atlantic salmon, diminished by their absence? Or is this symphony played on a scale far beyond our span of years? With no one left to hear the sound, to whom will it matter when a tree falls in some future forest?"