[Steve Kaye is an outstanding wildlife photographer, specializing in birds (see example below). His passion and his humor have made him a powerful voice for avian life. He lives in California, but speaks for all of us. This is a blog page he recently posted. Enjoy! — Nancy]
Power and Its Limits
How birds manage power.
Long ago when birds were less civilized, a gang of powerful hawks managed to deregulate the forest.
As a result, they eliminated the laws of Nature.
For a while, these hawks were tremendously successful, profiting from the lack of balance and consequences.
Concerned, the eagles visited these hawks to talk about power. And the hawks shouted, “We’re better than any of you. So we can do what we want.”
Then the owls visited to talk about logic. And the hawks exclaimed, “We don’t believe in owls.”
Next the doves visited to talk about peace. And the hawks laughed, “We eat peace for breakfast.”
Now the forest was being destroyed. And everyone felt hopeless.
One day, the smallest birds, led by the finches, visited these hawks.
The hawks hissed at the thousands of birds that filled the trees. And the small birds stared back in silence.
For a moment the hawks seemed concerned.
Then, with a loud tweet, the small birds took wing, each of them yanking a feather out of a hawk.
Frantically, the hawks flapped and yelled.
But to no avail. Because in seconds, the hawks were left bare with their feathers scattered on the ground.
As you might expect, without feathers the hawks were unable to fly. So they had to climb down from their magnificent tree. And they were last seen running out of the forest, pursued by a family of raccoons.
Now whenever a feisty young hawk tries to take too much, the elders remind it about the Finch Revolution.
And life goes on as it was meant to be, in perfect balance.
PS: Please realize this is not a call to do anything uncivilized.
It is however, a reminder that regulations exist to protect everyone.
And more importantly, it is a reminder that you have power, even against overwhelming odds.
You have power in what you choose to do. You have power in what you choose to read. And you have power in what you choose to buy.
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[To view this story (and more) on Steve’s blog: www.stevekaye.com/power/]
The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.
Here are two organizations that excel at doing this.
Please visit their web sites to learn about how they are making a difference.
Here’s an outstanding book about bird conservation: Bird Conservation