In 2009, I began taking photographs of the birds around our house in Maine and soon realized how much I had been missing. I needed a better camera with a longer lens. Even more important though, was developing an awareness of what was going on around me and where to point that lens. Now, approaching my eightieth birthday, I have really just begun to learn about the natural world.
I've been privileged to see both ends of some amazing long distance migratory flights in Maritime Canada, the southern U.S. and Costa Rica. My close friend Keith Carver and I have spent time with the Sandhill Cranes, Snow Geese and many other species in New Mexico. We've visited the lower Rio Grande Valley and Texas Gulf, both coasts of Florida as well as Quebec and New Brunswick, Canada.
The learning curve has been steep and hopefully I've become a better photographer. Far more significant however is now I have some idea of the intricacies and interrelationships of everything in the natural world.
The World Wildlife Federation has determined that half the number of wild animals on Earth has been lost in the last forty years. More concerning is the failure of many world leaders to recognize and deal effectively with the causes. Species have been exploited, habitat hugely degraded and lost ... and then there's global climate change ... something many of our politicians apparently still doubt. So when bird species are being wiped out at an accelerating pace, chances are great that all other living things are similarly threatened. This includes human beings.
It's important that each of us tries, with increased energy, to follow Wendell Berry's advice to " find something that needs to be done and start doing it."
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