Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Happy Birthday to USA...

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

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.


On July 4, 2007 at 11:33 PM Dea said...

well said.

On July 5, 2007 at 8:13 AM Mary said...

dea beat me to it. Well Said, BOTB.

On July 5, 2007 at 9:15 AM 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.


On July 7, 2007 at 9:05 PM 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:

Eight Random Facts

On July 21, 2009 at 12:29 AM Anonymous said...

Excellent capture! Well said. Happy Birthday to USA.


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