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“I don’t know how I feel about this?”
Yesterday a falcon discovered my bird feeder.
As I do most mornings I had just refilled my various feeders and stepped back to watch and listen to the songs of a new day. A Black Chinned Humming bird was already at “his” feeder when a flock of Brown Headed Cowbirds flew into the trees, some settling in the lower branches.
There was a flash of mottle wings a cry, scattering, and the falcon flew off with a Cowbird in her talons. The trees and feeders were empty. The air silent.
Did I just become part of a bird of prey’s food chain? Was this right? Here I’m luring dozens of birds to my feeder not to help them but to put them at risk?
I hate deer blinds. Those camouflaged boxes with small windows hunters place near deer feeders. Even worse, I recently had a gentleman tell me his brother feeds the deer right there in his garden next to his kitchen window. Is that right?
Then there’s the tame lion who is released onto a game farm so a tourist can pretend to be a big game hunter. If a find the latter appalling what about my bird feeder?
We as humans, in our infinite wisdom, stumble over ourselves and get in Nature’s way all the time don’t we?
One reason we take a close look at the work of the experts we support. As best we can, we make sure what they’re doing is in harmony with Nature’s way.
Right now we’re changing the way we present the wildlife conservation and education experts to you. Before we do we need another $270 to fully fund the last class of “Kids Learn to Save Raptors”. Your donation is appreciated.