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On the wings of hope…

Friday, June 11th, 2010

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is so profoundly sad. It is causing widespread damages that we cannot even begin to access or understand accurately. It is such a shame. And most people feel so helpless… what can we do?

Well, when 5th grade Olivia Bouler heard about the oil spill in the place she vacations with her family, she sat down to write a letter with an offer to help the birds…

http://www.aolartists.com/profiles/olivia-bouler/

And so began “Save the Gulf” operation between Olivia, her drawings and the Audubon Society. As of today, June 11 2010, she has helped raise over $80,000 to help rescue the birds from the oil spill still happening. You can read the news story here. Or visit her AOL artist site and enjoy her drawings here. And you can donate to help save the birds here.

http://www.aolartists.com/profiles/olivia-bouler/

It only takes a willingness to help. And one person can make a difference. Thanks Olivia… you give hope to the future! I look forward to seeing you become an Ornithologist one day. The birds are lucky to have you!

(Originally posted elsewhere on one of my other sites for birds. However, I felt it worthy to share as many places as possible.)

The Birds and the Beast…

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

The Audubon released a report indicating the sad reality for the rapid decline in population of even the most common of birds. Instantly, I cringed. The thought of losing more birds quite literally brings me to tears. I am not a fanatic PETA member or animal loving freak but I can and do appreciate the living beauty that surrounds us. I do appreciate looking out my window and seeing the birdies peck on the seeds I leave for them. Thoughts drift to the Great Auk, the Passenger Pigeon and the Dodo bird—birds we will only ever read about—birds we will never see. Extinction. It is real. It is harsh. And it is happening to all too many species and something must be done.

The fact that even our most common birds are declining drastically should serve as a big red flag warning us of what is to come. People ignore global warming because they think they can. It is a widely accepted delusion that our environment will slowly degrade—that we have many, many, many years until the effects of our actions really catch up with us. However, is it really that simple?

I think not.

Like anything in this world when pushed or bent far enough, something will snap–something will fall over. We are setting into motion things we cannot reverse or control and we certainly do not understand. I think rather than a slow decline, we are going to reach a point of no return, the tipping point–if we have not already. We are going to knock the earth’s ecosystem off balance and we will suffer the severe consequences of doing so. Today it is a 68% average decline of our most common birds, 40% less koalas, 1/3 of the amphibian population currently extremely endangered . Tomorrow, a complete energy crisis. What about in five years time? What then? When will we finally get the picture?

The culprit? Over-population. STOP HAVING CHILDREN. No one wants to say it. It is too complex, too taboo. But if we do not address this issue, the core issue, we will seal our fate and the fate of every species on this planet. We must stop popping out babies willy-nilly when we have no space or resources for them. The United States and all first world countries can do their parts by funding family planning and birth control efforts in third world countries. We must stop the conservative right from fighting against them here. This is so ridiculous.

As I write this the world population reached a smothering 6,767,700,260!!! That is billions folks! BILLIONS! We must find a suitable way to address overpopulation before it is too late, if it is not already. We will bring about the next great extinction–ourselves.

Machiavelli once wrote…

When every province of the world so teems with inhabitants that they can neither subsist where they are nor remove themselves elsewhere… the world will purge itself in one or another of these three ways ‘listing floods, plague and famine.’

We have seen this come to fruition. According to Oxfam, more than four times the number of natural disasters are occurring now than did two decades ago. The religious deem it is the end times as set forth by their bibles and korans. The ignorant chock it up to coincidence. It is the earth purging itself the only way it knows how. The earth is a living organism, trying to survive. There is a balance in every organism that is optimal. We have skewed that balance for almost every living organism we come in contact with — and so goes the Dodo… and so goes the Quagga…and so goes the Irish Deer…and so goes the Cave Bear

And so it goes, until there is nothing left but the beast… and so it goes.