Lesser Goldfinch, Female, © Photo by Steve Kaye

Simple Request | Sept 2017

This Request Caused an Uproar

Lesser Goldfinch, Female, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post, "Simple Request"

Lesser Goldfinch, Female, Who Can’t Believe My Request

One day I approached the Great Council of Birds with a request.

“I want to be a bird.”

“Why might that be?” they asked.

“I’m disgusted by the news.”

There was a faint rustling of feathers by all.

“And what news is this?”

“About . . . ,” I paused to gather my courage. “. . . the way people behave.”

For a moment hundreds of eyes bore into me.

Then a rude sound crackled from deep in the back of the crowd, sort of like a duck making a raspberry.

And with that, there erupted a loud cacophony of hoots and honks, cries and calls, tweets and twerps – unlike anything I had ever heard anywhere.

Finally, after a great deal of flapping, fluttering, and flying about, they settled down.

Then they spoke:

“The answer is no.

You must stay where you are.

So you can fix your tribe instead.”

Once again, I’m sure I heard the same raspberry crackle, but this time with a chuckle.

Then they all flew off.

So here I am.

Doing my best to promote kindness by inspiring respect for Nature.

I’ve chosen this because all life is connected: Once people respect Nature, they’ll respect life, and in turn they’ll respect each other.

And then we might have better news.

Much success,

Steve Kaye

PS: My Mission Statement describes what I’m doing and why. See it at: Mission Statement

Make Good News

We’re all responsible for creating good news. Here’re some ideas:

Endangered Birds – How you can help make a difference

27 Ways to Show Kindness – Create joy for yourself by being kind

Help Birds – 5 Easy Things You Can Do – Easy steps everyone can take

Help Birds Tip

Molting is in progress.

Many birds appear shabby in late summer. Be patient as they grow new feathers. A past blog tells about this: Don’t Cry for Me, Audubon

Did You Know?

The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.

Here are three organizations that excel at doing this.

1) American Bird Conservancy

2) The Nature Conservancy

3) The Trust for Public Land

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

You can help – Please share this blog with others.
Inspiring Respect for Nature, one bird at a time.

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  • Merrill Kempfert
    Posted at 10:54h, 06 September

    Amen, Brother, there are more of us out there ——, Merrill, Green Valley

  • Daphne Radenhurst
    Posted at 12:18h, 06 September

    I love this, thank you. There are more of us — but are there enough?

  • Debra Atlas
    Posted at 17:47h, 08 September

    True wisdom. Now if humans could only be so honest and insightful.

  • Archie McLellan
    Posted at 14:09h, 09 September

    Thank you Steve. As always, thoughtful and delightful. I have recently read Corvus: A Life with Birds by Esther Woolfson (a long, slow read which will remain with me). I could say that it too is thoughtful and delightful. As she is from Scotland there are no reviews on Amazon.com but there are many on Amazon.co.uk.

  • Donald Strauss
    Posted at 11:52h, 10 September

    “In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.”

    Baba Dioum
    From a paper presented in New Delhi in 1968, at the triennial meeting of the General Assembly of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN)

    Not that Dioum’s or your remarks need to be improved upon, because the spirit is the same, but I would add that the love, understanding, and respect come more quickly to those who willingly connect, as you have. Without that willingness, the interconnectedness of all things is just an idea. Your willingness, your connectedness, and your communication about the importance of these things should be an inspiration to all who are lucky enough to encounter the fruits of your passion.

  • Kathryn Grace
    Posted at 14:46h, 04 July

    Thank you once again Steve. Wisdom.

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