Nature lovers are experiencing a near winter-Nirvana of Snowy Owls sightings this year. The good news has been spread far and wide --and by all means go forth-- and sear the memory of Snowy Owls into your brain. Commit it to your memory, as these events may not happen again for another 70 years or so. Or maybe never.
|The Snowy Owl's winter visit to Ohio|
|Summer scene on Lake Erie sand bar.|
|Yellow Trout-lily blossoming in mid-Ohio woodland|
For we know not when the time will come that our common and under appreciated forms of nature will no longer be common. For years, we considered the monarch as child's play: easily seen and known to all. But now, we lovers of lepidoptera fear the end of the migrating Monarchs. Last I read, the full number of the wintering flight in Mexico could be contained on a few acres.
If theirs is to be the fate of the passenger pigeons, we will be the ones called upon to retell the glory days of our childhood, when Monarchs were found in every field and ditch.
|People in Beijing, China gather to see "sunrise" displayed on a jumbo tron screen.|
See this photo and article at World Time
John Muir spoke of a "love of wild nature in everybody." E.O.Wilson similarly tells of "biophylia" or the human tendency to affiliate with life and natural processes. If you have read this far, certainly you can relate.
Those of us who love nature, may be called as witnesses. There are children growing up in a world where they can no longer see a sunrise. Children in Appalachian Ohio see their streams in shades of orange- the effect of mining run-off. It is not just West Virginia with environmental problems.
If you love nature, it is time to "own it." Take time to admire natural beauty in whatever form you choose, but also make time to speak out, write a letter, or sign a petition. Ultimately, if those of us who love nature do not speak up now, we will be called as witnesses to our children and grandchildren.
This was once a beautiful world, with clear waters, blue skies and butterflies...