Happy Birthday to USA...
Happy 231st birthday, America!
Wow! Just think of all the changes you've seen in your relatively short lifetime.
Heck on your 20th birthday you still had ivory-billed woodpeckers, Carolina parakeets, passenger pigeons, heath hens, great auks, Labrador ducks, eskimo curlews, dusky seaside sparrows, and Bachman's warblers around.
And that's just the birds!
There were still massive stands of ancient trees all across the continent.
And cod and sturgeon swimming in the waters.
Herds of bison, and packs of wolves, and unplowed prairies, and chestnut trees...
It's a lot to ponder. But since it's your birthday, I won't get all 'ponderous' on you.
Live it up, America! But don't forget to remember the past as you head into the future.