UnknownI went to see a huge exhibition of amazing art on Saturday. The work of THE master creator. No it wasn’t in a museum or a gallery, it as on a lake. You see not far from my house is a large wildlife sanctuary dedicated primarily to waterfowl. What we saw was stunning. It was estimated that around 60,000 snow geese had taken up temporary residence at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area. We’ve had a particularly cold winter here in PA and most of the lake is still frozen meaning all these amazing beautiful birds concentrated themselves into a fairly small area of open water The result was breathtaking. One could practically walk across the geese. To make matters even better the geese are joined by about 6,000 Tundra Swans.

As my wife and I were marveling at the beauty of these magnificent creatures, a different conversation came up. Why we didn’t hear about snow geese when we were kids. The answer was simple, there weren’t very many. According to National Geographic “In 1916, snow geese had become so rare in the eastern United States that hunting of the species was banned. Since that time, the birds have made a remarkable comeback.” Now of course we weren’t alive in 1916, but when we were goring up in the 70s and early 80s they were still quite rare.

Also according to National Geographic. “Today, populations are thriving. In fact, the birds have become so numerous in places that they threaten to destroy their own habitat.”

Unknown-1By comparison, we saw a rarity yesterday, a ring necked pheasant. What is striking to me is that when I was growing up, these beautiful birds were commonplace. I once saw one strolling down the sidewalk in the midst of an urban area. They were everywhere. I’m not sure what happened to them. My guess is an increase in predators has made their populations dwindle. Many of the animals that eat pheasants used to be trapped for their fur and feral cats (cats released into the wild by owners who no longer wanted to care for them) also decimate the populations.

Why do I share this? God created this amazing world in perfect balance and He put it into our hands to care for. The balance is delicate and we need to be diligent. God has given us something amazing in His great love. Think about the great masterpieces of art. Imagine the Mona Lisa. It is kept in a carefully climate controlled area, you can’t take flash photography of it for fear of damaging it and if someone were to damage it, it would be considered a great crime. The earth sustains our lives. It is a masterpiece and a great gift. We need to care for it.

Comments
  1. Tienny says:

    Dave, yes I agree that the world need to be kept in balance

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