The Extinction of Meaning

What good is an endangered butterfly if it doesn’t tweet or turn a profit?

Photos: Bryan Pfeiffer

ne of the most imperiled animals in North America isn’t big and furry like a polar bear. It has neither the charisma of an ivory-billed woodpecker nor the elegance of a prairie fringed orchid. It has incited no eco-wars like those over the gray wolf or the spotted owl. It is not even a tool in…