October 25, 2015

Diagonal photograph of a white and grey seagull feather laying on a sidewalk.

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From the very beginning, I knew I was not going to be a bird photographer.  The necessary equipment to do that type of photography to a high standard is generally too big, too heavy, and, most importantly, too expensive.  The fact that I cannot photograph them as I might like in no way diminishes my enjoyment of watching and hearing them.  There is something quite soothing about standing in the back yard and listening to the geese overhead as they move along on their migrations.  It is easy to hear the vocalizations, and, at times, they are close enough to also hear the flapping of their wings.

And those migrations are no small feat.  Please give a listen to this episode of Fresh Air as Terry Gross interviews Gerrit Vyn and Scott Weidensaul about the sounds and journeys that birds make.

BW photograph of a pair of bird wings without the body laying on the ground

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Given that we have entered the Anthropocene (“human centered”) Era, and what Elizabeth Kolbert refers to as the “Sixth Extinction”, many bird species are in danger of disappearing due to the effects of climate change and the built environment.  That point is also made clear in the above discussion with Mr. Vyn and Mr. Weidensaul.

While this post is focused on the impact that human-generated climate change and infrastructure are having on birds, it is very, very important to remember that as other species die off, it becomes more and more difficult for humans to survive.  Such difficulties are also already occurring.

A lot of this is within our control as, after all, these are human-centered impacts.

Think about that.

Take care.