Egocentric as we are, Homo sapiens find it hard to imagine a future on Earth without us being in it. Though we know our bodies will die, we proceed as though human beings will persevere on planet Earth no matter what.
I believe this sweet old world will whirl in her orbit around her star with her dear moon pulling the tides, long after human beings have extinguished our species and many others. The soup will be different, and out of it some life forms will emerge, much like after the last extinction event 66 million years ago, when most dinosaurs died, but birds survived.
The past two winters, dune land between our condo and the beach were dry. Heavy rainstorms this winter have transformed the meadow to marshes with swelling ponds once again. When we left last week, there were about six Mallard pairs, and one Canada goose pair plying the waters. They give me hope I will see duckling and goslings this spring.
As a citizen scientist associated with the Cornel Lab of Ornithology for over 12 years, I am saddened to learn that nearly 3 billion birds are gone. “A new study finds steep long-term losses across virtually all groups of birds in the U.S. and Canada.” Providing habitat and food for birds is simple and inexpensive. February 14-17, is “The Great Backyard Bird Count.” To learn more and get involved click the link to Cornell Labs.