Refusing to be convenient – birds eek out a living

Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)

In western culture, the inconvenient is supposed to disappear.

Those peoples – birds, humans, cougars, wolves and spotted owls are to exit stage left and not stand in anyone’s way.

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) - an invasive non-native
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) - an invasive non-native

I thought about this as I sat on my front porch and in the space of an hour watched a myriad of birds fly by. They perched on telephone wires and fence posts. They nibbled at seeds on flower heads. The birds are surviving in an environment that is far less abundant and more hostile to them than their ancestors’ lived in six hundred years ago.

The birds are greatly reduced in number and the necessities of life – food, water, shelter are hard to come by. But, they are still here.

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

After the civil war, ex-slave holders and non-slave holding Southerners published newspaper articles detailing how newly freed slaves would not be able to survive as they didn’t have the skills and abilities to survive in western created societies. These ex-slaves were supposed to die off and vanish.

But 140 years later the descendants of freed slaves are still here. The past 140 years have been a struggle but we are still here.

With the coming of the European colonists to the shores of the Americas, the indigenous peoples were supposed to disappear. For some of the same reasons said about freed American slaves. But, we are still here.

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis), male
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis), male

These ideas and wishes that inconvenient people – humans, birds, cougars, wolves, spotted owls, etc., should exit stage left have been a reoccurring theme since 1492. It has been repeated in Australia, Canada, Hawaii, the Caribbean Islands, South America and other places.

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus), female
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus), female

An ideology of death can only lead to death. Many peoples have disappeared. Many tribes of humans have merged into great masses of “minority populations” or faded away. How many millions of animals have died, too?

It is time to adjust our actions out of the realization that others need to live, too. One group (humans) can not have everything their way and leave others with nothing.

We can celebrate life by sharing.

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