Here at The Edge of the Wood we want to send a special New Year’s wish to FOTW (friend of the woods) Matilda and we wish everyone a joyous 2016. In the words of the luminous Albert Einstein, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” So give yourself a treat…. go to a park, walk around for a bit or sit under a tree for as long as you like. Just like Einstein, you never know what you’ll discover.
While squirrels are constantly making the news, here at The Edge of the Wood we wanted to give our actors a little star treatment. Enjoy and learn from the masters.
The Edge of the Wood would like to remember all the women in the late 1800’s early 1900’s who rallied against the use of bird feathers in millinery. Millions upon millions of birds lost their lives to the trade. Socialites and bird loving women rose up to convince all women that enough was enough. Sara A. Hubbard, director of the Illinois Audubon Society, said “I expect to live to see the time when the wearing of bird plumage will be a brand of ignorance.” Is this a problem today? Yes. Roosters, ostriches and swans are often live plucked and killed to satisfy the fashion industry. Let’s take a lesson from our turn of the century sisters. After all bird feathers are beautiful but belong on birds, not people.
Here at The Edge of the Wood we remember our cheery school crossing guard with her blue uniform, white sash and bright red stop sign. Katie Sieving, a professor of wildlife ecology and conservation at the University of Florida, has found that tufted titmice act like “crossing guards” and that other birds hold back from entering hazardous open areas in a forest if the titmice sound an alarm. Here a little titmouse is sizing up our camera to see if it’s kosher. We hope she gives us the thumbs up so we can look forward to more of our bird friends stopping by.
Not necessarily according to this Stanford University paper. Multi-species flocking, especially in the winter, makes for more eyes and ears to detect food and predators. It has been shown that Chickadees and Titmice are used as sentinels by Downy Woodpeckers. Birds have the ability to pool their resources and use each other’s strengths to help everyone get through the winter. Sounds like a good plan to us.