05 Nov What and Why | Nov 2020
What I’m Doing
“Hey you, with the camera,” the crow called out, “What’re you doing?”
“I’m taking photos of birds,” I replied.
“Why birds?” the crow asked.
“Birds are interesting. They’re pretty. And they’re difficult to photograph.”
“So why go through the trouble?”
“Because I show my photos in presentations, articles, and books to inspire respect for nature. And if people respect the diversity of life that we depend upon, then we might have more kindness.”
“That’s hopeless.” (Crows tend to be blunt.) “During the past 50 years the population of birds has declined by 29% because people are destroying our environment.* And during the past few years there has been a major effort to remove protections for birds, wildlife, and wilderness.” [ * See Below ]
“Yes, I know about these problems. And I cannot let the horror of what is happening control me. If I did that – if I gave up – then we would all lose.”
“But it would be easier to give up.”
“Of course, failure is easier than success. Instead I must find ways to keep going, to persist in making a difference by showing kindness, and to live with purpose, optimism, and hope.”
“Well, good luck.” And the crow flew off.
By the way, this is an uncommonly sincere compliment from a crow.
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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