Black Phoebe, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

More Than Thanksgiving | Nov. 2016

Thanksgiving is more than a holiday

Black Phoebe, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post, "More Than Thanksgiving"

Black Phoebe

Thanksgiving is a reminder to be grateful.

So I’m suggesting that you take a moment to consider two types of gifts.

You might want to make a gratitude list of each. Because writing a list helps you: a) Find more ideas, b) Remember the ideas, and c) Make plans to implement the ideas.

First, consider the good news. I’m sure we all have some good news in our lives.

So make an effort to show thanks. You might, for example, write letters to express gratitude. You could phone people to thank them. Or you could reciprocate with acts of kindness, support, and help.

I think we need a greater, more focused effort to show kindness, compassion, and understanding. This matters because society thrives on positive, human connection.

Second, consider the bad news. I’m sure everyone can find some bad news.

Recognize that disappointments, disruptions, and disasters happen to put purpose in your life. So your challenge is: What can you do to resolve or minimize the bad news.

Say’s Phoebe, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post, "More Than Thanksgiving"

Say’s Phoebe

I care about Nature because the future of humanity depends upon it.

So I’m responding to major threats to our environment by:

1) Writing articles about conservation, such as: Endangered Birds

2) Making monthly donations to organizations that work to protect the environment.

3) Contacting CEOs, religious leaders, and Congressional representatives, asking them to support actions that benefit everyone.

Eastern Phoebe, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post, "More Than Thanksgiving"

Eastern Phoebe

Please enjoy these photos of the three types of Phoebe that can be found in the U.S.

Wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving,

Steve Kaye

Find more at:

Earth Day by the Birds

Simple Request

What If Nature Was a Business

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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  • Cody Sontag
    Posted at 00:55h, 24 November

    Steve: Your art and wisdom are healing. I do the things you suggest in my own meager ways, and am so glad to share the planet with you. I can remember where and when I first saw these three birds…a great joy and reason for giving thanks these many years later. And I will always remember meeting you in Madera Canyon.

    Cody Sontag, Stuttgart

  • jane hillhouse
    Posted at 21:14h, 24 November

    Hope your Thanksgiving was fun and full of wonderful birds and friends and other critters.
    We seem to have a resident pair in our garden which is fun. We also have way too many noisy crows.

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