We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow the earth from our
-Native American Proverb
We have been treating the Earth like we don't live on it.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Falcon Follow-Up and Animal Advocacy

On Earth Day this year baby Peregrine Falcons were born San Jose, CA. The picture above is the most recent picture posted. (Courtesy of the Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group.) Aren't they cute? I prefer kittens and puppies but they grow up to be awesome birds. You can also watch them here. Maybe you can catch them having a rodent snack. (Hey, it's nature.)

These cute little guys remind me of a museum we just visited with my Girl Scout Troop named the Lindsey Wildlife Museum. If you live in the Bay Area this should be a place you take your little ones. It's a small museum and wildlife hospital. The birds and animals housed there cannot be put back into the wild for various reasons. It is a wonderful place to see predatory birds, small canines, other animals and, if you are lucky, a cougar! It was exciting to watch the cougar they had there. Unfortunately, her story is a very sad one. She was rescued from a horrible human who thought it would be fun to keep a wild cougar as a pet but when she got too big to handle the horrible human just chained her up. She was rescued years ago but is sentenced to a life of pens and boredom. The museum does their best to keep her healthy and busy. Most of her time is spent off grounds outside in a larger pen but they bring her in periodically for viewing. I feel bad for her but she is a great ambassador for her species. She is a magnificent animal and she reminded me to be vigilant when hiking.

I have always been a wildlife explorer. Wanting to save even the ground squirrel that everyone seems to ignore. Or the great whales that live in our oceans. The plight of the wolves in Montana I have followed. And now the polar bears and buffalo are having their day in the news. Going green was to next step to help our environment. I not only go green for my health and local economy but for the animals and plants that cannot speak.

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