Wednesday, July 04, 2007

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.

A great black-backed gull (a fairly recent immigrant to the USA) stands guard next to Old Glory along the harbor in Port Clyde, Maine.


At 11:33 PM, Anonymous Dea said...

well said.

At 8:13 AM, Blogger Mary said...

dea beat me to it. Well Said, BOTB.

At 9:15 AM, Blogger Rondeau Ric said...

No one else that I know could turn a happy birthday into a bird blog.
Nice ecology lesson in there as well.


At 9:05 PM, Blogger Bisbee Border Birder Bloggers said...

Atlantic Puffin - *sigh* - maybe one of these days.

And by the way, we've tagged you for the Eight Random Facts meme. See our blog for more:

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