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We Need Birds
February 15, 2016

It's the day after Valentines Day,

There is still some love in the air.

(I think that is love.)

Sometimes nature poses for a simple picture like this single leaf in the snow.

Winter paid a visit for once again these past few days.

By Friday Temperatures are forecast to be in the 40's
(Fahrenheit), in SW. Michigan.

Brutal cold temperatures and wind brought inches and in some cases feet of Lake Effect Snow to many that live near one of the Great Lakes.

30 or 40 miles inland, and we have a little more than a dusting of snow.

Not good for all of the perennials my friend.

Only time will tell what survived.

Mild temps., no snow, then bitter cold.

A recipe for disaster in the gardens.

The cold and bit of snow were good for the 'Bird Count', however.

Karen's 91 year old mom had a spill this past week.

Karen found her on the floor, with no work staff in sight.

Big knot on her head, and other issues that go with getting old.

A few days in the hospital and now a couple weeks in rehab, while people scurry to find a new foster home for mom.

My poor wife is being pulled at from so many angles, please keep her in your prayers.

Pray for God's wisdom, strength, and ability to say NO, when needed.

Yolanda, her mom, adult kids, grand kids pulling at her for help.

It is never ending right now.

Getting older is not for sissies.

Yes, we have real life issues around here too.

Birds don't need you and me.

We However, Need Birds.


Think about this for a moment.

February is 'National Bird Feeding Month' here in America.

The 'Great Backyard Bird Count', is wrapping up for 2016.

You may think feeding and counting is strictly for the birds, but is it really?

How much joy do you get, simply watching the birds as they come to your feeders.

The warm fuzzy you may feel knowing you are doing something good.

Civilian scientists, helping out with bird counts.

Now think of the pleasure you had while taking time to count the many species of birds that you spotted.

Pretty neat huh?

We are doing something for birds and nature, while all along you and I get the sheer joy of watching the birds.

I'm guilty, as many of you are.

I spend hundreds of dollars a year on bird supplies and plants, just for the birds.

As long as I can afford, I will continue to do so.


look at the joy, entertainment, and even education we get from our feathered friends.

I don't need to feed the wild ducks.

Yet I get a big kick out of watching them.

A bigger joy comes when a grandchild or neighbor kid gets to help me.

This also encourages the next generation into the life of birds.

Watching and studying bird habits, and hierarchy.

The chuckles when birds play.

How hasn't stopped what you are doing to watch a hummingbird?

Have you sneaked a peak into a nest?

More than once I'm sure.

Now add to that, the other benefits birds provide.

They help to keep insect populations in check.

They help pollinate flowers.

Not just the hummingbirds and orioles seeking nectar.

Every time a birds rustles through the plants seeking insects or nesting material, they help pollinate.

Bird droppings cast copious amount of seeds.

Some become flowers, shrubs, trees, and even weeds.

Often these volunteers pop up in your gardens.

Visual, sound, motion, birds provide so much entertainment and health value.

Yes, watching and caring for birds lowers blood pressure, reduces heart rates.

And for the lonely, birds can provide a sense of need.

Caring for birds also offers a great teaching format.

Not to mention when we are truly blessed with something unexpected like the fledged Green herons (below), we were blessed with a few summers ago.

One of stewardship.

Well <>, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless.

"Courage is the greatest of all the virtues.
Because if you haven't courage,
you may not have an opportunity to use any of the others."

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Courage is a good virtue to have, the greatest virtue, one man's opinion.

What does the word of God say on courage?

"Be strong and courageous.
Do not be afraid or terrified because of them,
For the LORD your God goes with you;
He will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Deuteronomy 31:6-8

"For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid,
But gives us power, love and self-discipline."

2 Timothy 1:7

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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