Blue Feathers, Red Berries and Bright Tidings for the New Year!

Bluebird feeding on Winterberry by Greg Schneider, Mount Joy, PA Nov 2014 (permission granted)
Eastern Bluebird feeding on Winterberry by Greg Schneider, Mount Joy, PA-Nov 2014.

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Happy New Year!  I thought I’d send a little feathered beauty your way and some thought-provoking quotes to start off your 2015.

On why you should bird more in 2015:

“Looking at birds really takes away sadness in a lot of us,” said a woman featured in Jeffrey Kimball’s film (The Central Park Effect), a breast-cancer sufferer who ushers fellow birders on ambling tours of the park.

“It was one of the rare times in an adult’s life when the world suddenly seems more magical rather than less,” says writer Jonathan Franzen, a self-proclaimed “born-again bird watcher,” of the first time he went birding.

On why you should take a child outside often this year:

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.”
― Rachel Carson

On why you should watch less TV this year:

“There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.  For us in the minority the opportunity to see geese is more important than television” …Aldo Leopold (Sand County Almanac)

Flock of Snow Geese.  Photo by Phil Stollsteimer (12 years old!) at Washington Crossing National Cemetery
Flock of Snow Geese. Photo by Phil Stollsteimer (12 years old!) at Washington Crossing National Cemetery

“Maybe it’s time we put down the remote control and go someplace remote where we aren’t in control.”

On why you should strive to give back to nature this year:

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”  -John Muir

“In all of nature there is something of the marvelous.” -Aristotle

“I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.”  – The Lorax

“It is in the wild places, where the edge of the earth meets the corners of the sky, the human spirit is fed.”    ~Art Wolfe

“If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.” -President Lyndon B. Johnson

Tread lightly this year, get outside, go birding, learn all you can about nature and be a participant in conservation!

There’s a lot going on in the woods,


Black-capped chickadee. By Mike Rosengarten
Black-capped Chickadee. By Mike Rosengarten






One Comment Add yours

  1. says:

    Dear Blake, Very nice. Happy New Year! Steve

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