But there are 1,300 bird species facing extinction according to National Geographic and the status of others is deteriorating. While birds are survivors and adapters, we need to do more to protect them and eliminate the contaminating pesticides that we use in our daily life which are highly toxic to the pollinators, aquatic fish and birds. The biggest contaminator of all is the high-carbon world that we have created through the burning of fossil fuels for energy. Find out more at National Geographic online or at one of my favorite charity sites, the Center for Biological Diversity.
But now that we know the perils that we must eliminate for our birds to survive, I want to concentrate on what the birds give us and what we would be without if they weren't here. Birds give us wings to our dreams and a connection to the bigger world of all nature that we exist within. If we take care of our birds we will save our planet.
Every spring I love to hear the cheery chirping of the little baby birds. It is the promise of new life and spring already here and summer coming. I have many bright flowers in my yard, particularly red ones, and in the evening I love to watch the hummingbirds gather around my flowers. They are little energy sprites as they dive into one red flower after another. I think how sad my world would be if I couldn't have the experience of discovering with my granddaughters a little nest with a momma wren and watched as her babies learned to fly or discovering a momma loon nesting in the rushes along the boundary waters between the U. S. and Canada with my son. Birds are magical, defying our earthly limitations and cultural boundaries. They are the conduit between earth and the heavens and they add color, pattern and sound to our world. When we think of them and enjoy them, we must do what we can to protect them; our life and our world will be richer because of it.
Below are some of the beautiful and diverse birds that I photographed with my daughter on a birding trip to Veracruz, Mexico.