In Touch With The Natural World
It's a beautiful spring morning. The red-bellied woodpecker, who is a new visitor this year, has visited my deck and peeked up over the edge like a shy child. I was out of peanuts, so I crushed a walnut, hazelnut, and almond in the shell and put the whole lot out for him. A few minutes later, he found something tempting (he barely beat the squirrels to it) and flew away with it. I haven't seen the female yet, but I hope to soon.
The squirrels came when I called them this morning. They never do that, as I have not made much effort to get up
close and personal with them, but they must have felt the mellowness too.
The bluejays are here eating peanuts. They are some of the most delightful creatures I could ever hope to watch.
Best of all, when I went out to the feeder area with refills, two chickadees perched overhead and gave me quite an earful. This is very close to where I put their nest box, and I hope that means they have finally moved in and were trying to run me off. If not, well, they are always a special sight.
I take this as a sign that although sometimes wildlife preservation efforts seem like such an uphill battle, there is hope for maintaining the kind of beauty in our lives that only nature can provide.
Native Americans knew about the natural world and made peace with it, realizing that their survival depended on responsible stewardship. With all our education today, I have to wonder if we have been able to grasp that simple truth.
When the judgment comes, I believe humans will not be judged on how they treated equals and those stronger, but how they treated those they could mistreat.
There are many ways you can choose to make a difference for the next generation. I personally have chosen to work in the area of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, and education of the public to minimize the need for rehabilitation.What do you choose?
What is wildlife rehabilitation?
To see some great pictures of squirrel rehabilitation, and learn more about what rehabilitation is, click on the picture of the albino squirrel.
To learn more about the natural world of Southern Arizona, click here.
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