11 Jan Winter Tribute | Jan 2017
How Do Birds Survive Winter?
Here are two Winter tributes: a poem and a photo (with its story).
In the middle of winter
one might conclude
that frozen darkness
– – –had won.
Hard snow covers all
and fierce winds cut
life to the core.
Everything waits . . . .
And once again life
triumphs as it
pushes aside the
earth where it had
hidden to rise in
with color and song
– – –more beautiful
– – –and more vibrant
than ever before.
About the Photo
It’s cold: Zero F (-17 C) and wind is blowing. Even with my warmest coat, I can still feel the chill.
So how do birds survive such cold?
Certainly, they can’t put on a hat or sit by a bonfire.
This Mourning Dove has a way. As you can see in the photo, it found a secluded place where it could rest on dry leaves, puff up its feathers, and pull in its head.
So it has minimized its exposure to the wind. And, more important, it’s using the natural down feathers that cover its body to provide a layer of insulation.
Without winter there would be no incentive to build a shelter or invent ways to stay warm.
So every adversity leads to solutions.
PS: The poem comes from Life Poems, a collection of my poems. Find more info at: Life Poems.
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See photos of Watchlist Birds: Birds at Risk
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