We have looked to birds as oracles. Our hearts soar on their wings and their songs. Even the tiniest bird can teach us that life is larger than humankind alone. This is true about agriculture, fishing, climate change. As we solve their problems we solve ours. One could cite facts like, birds eat lots of harmful insects, charm us at our feeders, or challenge us to learn their field marks, molts, and names both common and scientific.
But perhaps the answer lies deeper. Since the beginning birds have lifted our eyes to the skies. It can hover and soar, dive and display, and take us from one end of the planet to the other in a single, impossible burst of energy and purpose. Inspiration is the gift birds have given us from the start.
But now they give us a question as well. Birds matter because I have a grandson.
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The flowers are why we live. I think that birds are special creatures. To me they symbolize the ability to take off and go wherever they please without limit and land constraint. I think they are the most liberated species due to their ability to fly. Birds are important because they are a window that mirrors our own humanness.
By observing bird behaviors and learning the details of their lives, we learn about ourselves and what it means to be both fully human and fully alive. Birds are everywhere and provide one of the most exciting ways to connect with the natural world. There are so many questions that emerge once we start looking.
Why is the goldfinch at my feeder? Where did it come from?
Where is it going? And everyone in the world can help answer these questions by taking part in citizen-science efforts like Christmas Bird Count and eBird.
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Bringing together millions of records from around the world is providing us with new insights and understanding and raising even more questions. Birds have always been are our biological barometers. Immeasurably and profoundly, birds have been a fundamental source of human aesthetics.
Birds have always enriched human life, from the ancients who looked to the flight of flocks to foretell the future, to entrepreneurs manufacturing recyclable computer motherboards from waste feathers. Long may they fly. Author, promoter of sustainable development. No other creature can transcend earth, evoke beauty, inspire dreams, and ground us in nature as does even the smallest bird.
Birds bring color, pattern, and sound to our landscape. What joy birds bring to our world! Birds matter to me because they were my first lesson in caring for something other than myself. I am the youngest. They matter in a similar way as any bolt and nut matters to the success of an airplane flight. Flights of fancy, spirits high. With cheerful song they greet the day And gently ease our cares away. Birds connect me to the rhythm of the natural world.
Flocks of cedar waxwings announce winter in a way no calendar can.
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Purple martin scouts arrive, chirping from the telephone wire, their oily feathers shine in the sun—spring is here, again. Birds are part of this whole ecosystem we call Nature. All creatures, plants, animals, birds, humans, bugs, reptiles, and fish were put on this earth to interact with. Birds add beauty to our lives, interesting behavior to observe, and are prime indicators of how well we are taking care of our planet. Butler Audubon Society. Birds are amazing creatures. They are beautiful in sight and in behavior. Some accomplish incredible flights across thousands of miles.
Some have adapted to their environments in intriguing ways. We have much science to learn from all of them. We live on a planet that, in part, depends on the ecological services provided by birds.
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We depend on birds. Birds matter because they are our most immediate reminders of the natural world. Because they are indicator species. The list is long, complicated biologically, and metaphorically linked to our being. Birds matter because they represent freedom to me, the freedom to come and go. They are frequently not tied down to one place, but spend time in vastly different places on earth, often migrating huge distances. As in any system, the loss of one part will ultimately cause the downfall of the whole.
As a child I was mesmerized by birds. Not only can they fly, but their vocals are heavenly. My love and appreciation of birds was a big part of me becoming a biologist. From hummingbirds to raptors, they are all magnificent. We need to pay attention to the birds around us to recognize environmental changes and problems. Falk , Nebraska. A world without flight is a world without imagination. Just ask Icarus, DaVinci, the Wright brothers, or any kid with his arms out in a sudden gust of wind. Life in a world with birds is, for us, a world shared.
Birds sing, they soar, and fill our world with wonder. When life becomes heavy and worries pull me down like gravity, I simply look up and suddenly there, in the weightless free air, soaring like kites, flitting from branch to branch, unencumbered, my friends the birds release my soul and I am again free. Their beauty, behavior, knowledge, songs, personality, strength, fragility, ability to migrate thousands of miles twice a year—their connection to everything on the earth. The joy they bring into our lives! They provide structure to our native plant communities by spreading seeds and consuming vast quantities of insects.
Without them we humans probably would cease to exist. These children will remember this experience forever.
Whether we think about it or not birds are an important part of our lives. They are part of a healthy food chain on our planet. They eat everything from insects to fish and larger prey as well as help pollinate the flowers of many plants. Besides the biological reasons, they brighten the lives of people who observe, feed, photograph, and study them. Birds matter because they help people connect with nature, which often leads to caring enough about the environment to do something to protect it. Beside the fact that birds are beautiful, fun to watch, quite intelligent the list goes on , they indicate to us humans what is happening here on earth.
It saddens me that some of us honestly think there is no harm in losing a few species to extinction here or there. Everything on this big blue-green ball we live on is linked in some way and thinking we can just write off a few birds should not be an option. Birds inspire us to reach for greater heights in life. Birds have been known to serve shamans as a helping spirit and conduit between the seen and unseen worlds. They play a key part in maintaining a healthy ecosystem, both as predators and prey. Birds matter because they are the most omnipresent, most recognizable representatives of the other species that share the fate of the planet with us.
It is beautifully written in Atharvaveda: Salutations to Mother Earth. The elements of nature are manifestations of divinity. Mahatma Gandhi wrote extensively on the environment and even practised a lifestyle where compassion towards the environment was essential. He propounded the Doctrine of Trusteeship, which places the onus on us, the present generation, to ensure that our coming generations inherit a clean planet.
He called for sustainable consumption so that the world does not face a resource crunch.
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Leading lifestyles that are harmonious and sustainable are a part of our ethos. Once we realise how we are flag bearers of a rich tradition, it will automatically have a positive impact on our actions. The second aspect is public awareness. We need to talk, write, debate, discuss and deliberate as much as possible on questions relating to the environment. At the same time, it is vital to encourage research and innovation on subjects relating to the environment. This is when more people will know about the pressing challenges of our times and ways to mitigate them. When we as a society are aware of our strong links with environmental conservation and talk about it regularly, we will automatically be proactive in working towards a sustainable environment.
That is why, I will put proactiveness as the third facet of bringing a positive change. In this context, I am delighted to state that the crore people of India are proactive and at the forefront of working towards a cleaner and greener environment. We see this proactiveness in the Swachh Bharat Mission, which is directly linked to a sustainable future. With the blessings of the people of India, over 85 million households now have access to toilets for the first time. Over million Indians no longer have to defecate in the open.
These are landmark efforts in the quest of reducing the strain on our natural surroundings. We see this proactiveness in the success of the Ujjwala Yojana, which has significantly reduced indoor air pollution due to unhealthy cooking practices that were causing respiratory diseases. Till date, over five crore Ujjwala connections have been distributed, thus ensuring a better and cleaner life for the women and their families.
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The Namami Gange Mission is changing this historical wrong. Emphasis is being given to proper treatment of sewage. At the core of our urban development initiatives such as AMRUT and the Smart Cities Mission is the need to balance urban growth with environmental care. The over 13 crore soil health cards distributed to farmers are helping them make informed decisions that will boost their productivity and improve the health of our land, which helps the coming generations.
We have integrated objectives of Skill India in the environment sector and launched the schemes, including Green Skill Development Programme for skilling about seven million youth in environment, forestry, wildlife and climate change sectors by This will go a long way in creating numerous opportunities for skilled jobs and entrepreneurships in the environment sector. Our country is devoting unparalleled attention to new and renewable sources of energy. Over the last four years, this sector has become more accessible and affordable. In March , world leaders of several countries converged in New Delhi to mark the start of the International Solar Alliance, an endeavour to harness the rich potential of solar energy and bring together all nations that are blessed with solar power.
While the world is talking about climate change, the call for climate justice has also reverberated from India.
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