16 May Profile in Courage | May 2017
Profile in Courage by a Small Bird
Courage is commendable.
And yet, it’s often portrayed as an exceptional quality of special heroes in extreme situations.
Actually, anyone can be courageous.
In fact, your success depends upon acting with courage when you encounter everyday obstacles.
Then courage becomes a matter of: 1) Acknowledging fear, and 2) Continuing through the fear.
Of course, you need to act with smart courage.
Consider this photo of a Red-winged Blackbird chasing a Red-tailed Hawk.
This hawk is a large, powerful predator. And yet, this small blackbird is chasing it.
So what’s the story?
First, the blackbird will peck and pull feathers. And no one wants to be pecked or lose feathers. Because it hurts.
And second the blackbird can be more agile in the air.
So the hawk must fly faster. Or it must leave the habitat that the blackbird is protecting.
Sometimes you might be like the blackbird. Yes, you’re small. But you have qualities, skills, or resources that give you unique advantages.
The key is to know what you can do and then use your advantages with courage.
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Help Birds Tip
Attend a bird walk conducted by your local Audubon chapter.
These walks provide wonderful opportunities to learn about birds in your area – how they live, what they eat, where they appear.
And here’s a bonus idea: After you go on the walk, please share what you learned on your Facebook page. Then others can benefit from your experience.
Find an Audubon Chapter Near you: Audubon
Did You Know?
The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.
Here are three organizations that excel at doing this.
Please visit their web sites to learn about the work they do.
Here’s an excellent book: The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation