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February 04, 2019
Welcome to February
Break out the shorts and tank tops.
It feels like a genuine heatwave yesterday and today.
With windchill factors a minus 40-65 degrees below zero F. and possibly colder in some spots.
This past week was a challenge for many of you and us.
Anyone that lives near or has lived near one of the Great Lakes knows what I talk about Lake Effect Snow.
The winds had Lake Michigan whipping up near blizzard conditions for a couple extra days (following Monday's snow storm.)
A foot of additional snow just from the Big Lake.
And it could've been worse.
Our High Temperature on Wednesday was +2 F.
Again, thank you Lake Michigan for warming up the temperatures that were well below zero on the west side of the lake, even southern Michigan was well below zero for daytime highs.
My bird bath stayed during the arctic blast.
If possible, be sure to clean out feeders and water sources this week.
'February is National Bird Feeding Month.'
As Nature's Bounty wanes, you and I are made aware and encouraged to help out our feathered friends by offering feed and seed for them.
That is never an issue here, as our feeders are ready year round.
Don't forget to offer water.
Later this month, February is Cornell's Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC).
Check you calendar February 15-18.
Do participate, as you counts help scientists figure out a healthy and need of help bird population.
You can sign up on their website.
(Never a lack of cardinals when it snows.)
Every Second, of every day, Nature Happens.
Everyday, we are or should be reminded that we live on a beautiful and very unique planet.
A living planet full of life, just as our 'Creator' intended earth to be.
I realize that I have written on this topic before and more than once, but it bares repeating every so often.
We read about the devastating storms that killed off what scientists believe to be 50% of the Mexican hibernating Monarch butterflies and how they can't take another year like 2010 anytime soon.
Less than 15 years ago, another winter storm killed off even more of the butterflies, yet they made a strong rebound.'Nature Happens'.
The location for the mass Monarch hibernation wasn't discovered until the mid 1970's.
Before hand, people were clueless to, and never gave it a another thought on the monarchs.
Now we have yearly and weekly reports on the butterflies.
More and more people are cognizant on the butterfly's plight and things are slowly being done to protect and help the Monarchs.
Since the beginning of time, 'Nature Happens' Everyday.
So called natural disasters like a freak winter storm, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, hot and cold temperatures.
What about droughts, earthquakes, volcanoes, and any other natural happenings that occur somewhere everyday on our living planet?
Last week's record cold temperatures (Polar Vortex).
It's been a few days now, I think the old Tom Turkey that visited everyday may have frozen to death, as we have not seen him.
He was a loner and acted lethargic at times, I often commented on him not doing well.
One day feeding with a lone duck and some birds, now he is gone.
All part of nature, the circle of life.
Life and death, everyday.
Look at where you live and the different weather patterns you have experienced in your lifetime.
No two winters, summers, springs, or autumns are the same.
Weather isn't predictable.
Since 1970, NASA has offered pictures of the Polar ice caps.
Less than 50 years, a blink of an eye and many so called experts have the ice caps melting and the earth flooding.
We know warm ups and cool downs have happened throughout history.
(Again, cardinals with a couple juncos mixed in.)
After all, we know 'The Great Lakes Region' was once warm enough to have coral like growth in the waters, that become Petoskey Stones from the Great Ice Age.
There is other fossil proof as well.
Is this 'Climate Change' event any different?
Maybe, maybe not.
Not to mention the great loss of wildlife from extreme events.
Some experts admit that this is overkill.
Media Made Panic?
Grant money at work?
Yet, ice core samples can show up and down patterns through the past several thousand years.
A frozen and melting Greenland ?
A thousand years ago, The Mighty Vikings had thriving colonies and called it Greenland.
You would colonize a giant icicle and call it Greenland?
A living and changing planet.
Life and earth has many cycles.
A lightening strike causes a massive forest or field fire.
To often, man rushes to extinguish the nature made flames.
Nature sees the fire as purging the land.
A time and a chance for new life to spring forth as old and week life dies off and returns to the earth.
In the natural realm, death and destruction brings forth life.
Nothing is wasted.
Careless man made fires are a different story all together.
Bird and animal populations can and do fluctuate from year to year.
Some fluctuations are man made, yet others are natural.
(2 male Downy woodpeckers.)
Some insects may lay hundreds of eggs over a period of time.
In a healthy natural system, most of these insects are food for other bugs, birds, toads, etc.
Pesticides may be a short term fix, but in the long haul you are killing off natural predators like birds, and insects now have the advantage.
Bugs are now out of control as toads, birds and good bugs are in short supply (killed off by toxins), and insects grow immune to pesticides.
'When Humans Happen', nature gets messed up and quick.
West Nile Virus, Emerald Ash Borers, Kudzu, and other uninvited guests have had severe effects on our wildlife and plant life.
Stripping the land, reducing swamps and waterways.
Toxic chemicals that kill of nature, and we ingest too.
I'm not a tree huger per-say, however I am a lover of the natural world.
My spirit weeps.
Nature is off balance.
God's Laws, nature's laws, universal laws, (all the same thing), have a delicate balance and purpose.
To keep all of life in check.
Mess with this balance and we can see the results.
When so called civilized man comes along, that is when things move quickly in the wrong direction.
I end every newsletter with an "American Indian Saying" and it may be worth reading again.
Yes, the so called uneducated, less than human, savage beast showed more intelligence than the educated.
The native people knew that earth was alive and provided for them.
They knew enough to take care of the earth and it will continue to provide and take care of you.
A delicate balance.
(A winter Robin, we have a few that remain every year.)
Through my years of studies, and simply plain OLE observation, I have learned a few things.
God's natural world is beautiful, but difficult and often cruel.
Yes, earth is a living planet and always changing.
I've also learned that nature is much like her Creator.
Nature is very forgiving.
When 'Nature Happens', earth quickly heals.
Waters become clean again.
Plant life and trees take over old farmland.
Wildlife and nature is once again happy and in balance.
For good, and for what you may call bad,
Indeed, "Nature Happens".
Well, it is time to fly for now.
Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.
"Our real duty is always found running in the direction of our worthiest desires".
Randolph S. Bourne (1886-1918) American Writer
Our worthiest desires, the desires deep of our heart, not of the flesh.
The God given and God planned desires for us.
A bountiful life if we .
"Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart".
"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.
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