They live right beside us …. Really!

Mar 12, 2011 by

They live right beside us …. Really!

I have always been amazed by nature, I mean the closer you look the more you see! Ironically, so few of us in our busy lives actually take the time to see what’s out there.  It’s like anything I suppose, when you get to know something you are far more likely to understand it, even care about it.  I think far too often when it comes to conservation we think more about the messenger then the message itself.  I bet right in your own yard you could find a ton of jaw dropping species, from insects to birds.

red winged blackbirdYou see once we recognize that we have these “wild neighbors,” then protecting them does start to make a lot of sense. It’s not some distant land far from us or our families, they live “with” us. I’m sure you wouldn’t like it if someone started destroying your yard or home, well its the same thing, isn’t it? Like us they simply want to live their lives. So taking a few moments now and then to learn about them makes us better stewards of our own backyard habitats. Now that is real conservation.

two monarch butterfliesDeciding not to use chemicals on your lawn, will literally save the lives of baby birds that end up digesting insects that have been treated with yard chemicals. The parent birds have no idea when they are feeding their chicks that they are poisoning them. I know I wouldn’t drink a bottle of yard chemicals because I would be instantly rushed to the hospital or some emergency poison control outfit. So why do we think that spraying our yards wouldn’t harm wildlife? One of those things that make ya go hmmmm….

The simple steps we take everyday make all the difference! Like the simple choice between the following:

  • Plastic shopping bags (bad) 🙁 and canvas bags (Good) 🙂
  • Throw-away coffee mugs (Bad) 🙁 and Stainless steel mugs (Good) 🙂
  • Plastic water bottles (Bad) 🙁 Tap water (Good) 🙂

Yes I said “tap water”, did you know the bottled water industry invested millions to make us think that tap water was unsafe, and then sold us tap water in plastic bottles. Ahem… Please research that a bit and you’ll see what I mean. Business has no business over ethics and certainly no business deciding to make money rather then protect our oceans from the billions of tons of plastics each year which increased dramatically since the on set of bottled water. The economy does “not” depend on destroying our planet that logic is flawed. My dog knows better then to soil where he sleeps, so why can’t businesses know that they should not manufacture products that cause a direct environmental impact?

Sunset at the lakeI’m just saying… Each of these steps to help out are all easy, simple day to day common sense decisions that bring about a truly positive and measurable result. That’s what real conservation is all about. The health of ourselves, our families and our wild neighbors depends on these choices so choose well.

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  1. David Traub via Facebook

    It’s true!

  2. David Traub via Facebook

    We used too keep the french doors to the back yard open so that the dogs could go in and out during the day. One day i came home from work to find twigs by the door. I picked them up and threw them away. Next day same thing when I came home. The dogs weren’t shame faced so I wondered about it. Okay third day same. I looked up under the draperies though and saw that the birds had built a nest inside the house up by the ceiling. Mystery solved. I took the uninhabited nest and threw it away. Next day, no nest, good. I went into the downstairs bathroom because nature called. Here’s the bird on the lampshade staring at me! About that time hummingbirds took up residence in the ficus right outside the back door. It was a Disney musical. Birds humming and carrying little ribbons. Enough is really enough.

  3. David Traub via Facebook

    I had a very friendly Blue Jay, I named him Gus. Gus used to stand between my legs while I swept up the berries from the Banyan tree.
    He’d eat the berries and he knew I’d never harm him with the broom.
    Things were swell until ha and Mrs. Gus set up housekeeping in the Loquat tree. We couldn’t go up or down the driveway with out him dive bombing our heads. Nice.

  4. I think the easiest way is to get together with them at some point and be able to set a curfew for their wild parties. The worst wild neighbors are the kind that seem to party every moment of the day, as if they are out to prove something.

  5. I read it Brookie on moments!

  6. Joseph Jimenez via Facebook

    Thank you, for this information. It’s of utmost importance, after all they were here first and need some protection against our own…Hugs, Joseph

  7. Eve forcinel

    Hi again Mark… This is to the point common sense and informative. I know people who want to destroy every snail, potato bug, tomato worm and then there are the weeds we spray with deadly chemicals. Yes, you are so on the ‘Mark’ with this one. We had crops and didn’t worry about the little guys that came climbing around or sharing our crop and we always had plenty. Thanks, for your , as always great nature walk!

  8. My dittos to Helena…Brooke you’ve seen our backyard, it is a menagerie of birds, rabbits, squirrels, crows, dogs, horses and other little creatures that have all learned to live with one another. We sit in our swing on the back patio and watch them play. Donna even enticed a Mountain Blue Jay into the yard the other day and last year we had a Robin Red Breast visit us. It’s a delightful diorama of life for we old folks to enjoy…

  9. Yes, Eve. He is a strong, honest voice calingl our attention to things we so often don’t have time or don’t realize are “right in our own backyard”, as he says. And, he’s just an all around great guy, too!!! : )

  10. I love Mark Fraser and will definitely watch this. I try not to miss any of his great videos.