Its been trying to live down the 1952 Cuyahoga River Fire for a long time. Eventually, they even turned that sow's ear into a silk purse, by naming their most popular locally-brewed beer: Burning River.
|Birders gaze onto the avian life "working" the Cuyahoga River.|
...unless you are reading a birder's tour book. Then you may find places like Scranton Flats, Whiskey Island and 72nd St. bridge.
But Cleveland is making some big, progressive changes. They are pouring money into these areas, creating corridors for people, and whether they realize it or not, they are corridors for birds and wildlife as well.
|Pomarine Jaeger takes flight.|
|Pomarine Jaeger takes a rest.|
|A MUST SEE movie!|
Please, host this at your local birding club or nature center. It was a very moving and meaningful program that I highly recommend. See it as soon as possible, especially since this year is the 100th Anniversary of the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon.
|The movie played to a packed house in Cleveland.!|
Too often the false statement is said, “bird watchers want to pursue birds, and do not care about conservation.” Bird watchers do care and can be motivated to help protect species and habitats.
|Screen shot of the haunting statue of a Great Auk placed in Newfoundland.|
Maybe tears of sorrow for the lost birds, or tears of joy for a project to prevent these bird from becoming "extinct" from our memories. Either way, like a good environmentalist, it inspires me to do more than cry into my Burning River beer.