Sunday, January 1, 2012

the life of birds as a "doorway"

Many of us realize that as the world around us becomes more and more complex in social structure, economic and political realities, and with expanding technology and the mixture of benefits and threats those things involve - the natural world still underlies and provides everything we need, and makes possible all of our activities. The concept of "nature's services" is one conceptual model that is useful for understanding these things. But how are we to get that information across? For some of our friends and colleagues and families, we look to find a doorway into the natural world that would provide the opening - a way to begin the discussion. For some of us, sharing what we know about the life of birds may be that "doorway". So, in 2012, take someone you know to one of your favorite birding locations - and "open the door".

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