A Birder’s Ode
Gather round my little treasures, feathered gems gleaming in the sky.
We birders cherish each of you and aspire to tell you why.
For each of you, and all your kin, from places far and wide,
Are our relaxation, our “raison d’etre”, our passion, and our pride.
Your countenance, it thrills us, sheer brilliance to behold,
Fanciful feathering donning rubies, indigos, and golds.
Decked and dapper, precisely preened, iridescent in the sun,
You serve as candy to our eyes, handsomeness never quite outdone.
You grace us with your music, melodic food for our weary souls.
Each song a welcome harmony that succeeds to make us whole.
We marvel at your multitudes, find fancy in your legions.
We scan the skies to watch you gather and move us through the seasons.
When autumn comes and you head south, you leave us in despair.
We plan vacations to follow your path with hopes to find you there.
And in the spring, when you return, our blues subside and melt,
And our smiles broaden with each new find – true jubilance is felt.
You fill us all with wonder, raise questions in our minds,
You amaze us, yet confound us, and surprise us all the time.
We awe at your existence despite the grave dangers you face,
Making your majestic migrations or just moving from place to place.
We see you soar at such great heights, playful in currents that you love,
And we dream to be graceful birds like you, gazing down from high above.
We live to count you, and to list you, and to look you up in books.
We patiently wait for hours and days just to get “great looks”.
Whether you’re familiar at the feeder, or strange and out of range,
We’re at peace to just behold you, a love that will never change.
We call ourselves “birders” and “birding” is what we do,
But you are the root of the word and the love, and it’s you we’re indebted to.
I've shared my poem with you to give you a litttle window into my devotion to birds. Now that you understand my passion, I'm going ask you to pledge a little bit of your wallet to help me support an amazing organization, the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, that also has a passion for birds (and bees, and butterflies, and plants, and so much more). Open up their website and check them out. I have an incredible appreciation for all the environmental research that they do in our state and elsewhere in the world. You'll no doubt agree that they deserve our support. Again this year, I will spend an entire day in May trying to find as many different birds as I can. I'll again do it in support of VCE. So...can you help me help them help the birds? Yeah? I knew I could count on you! Thank you!!!