So What is our Legacy ?

 I was walking in the nature reserve mentioned in my last blog. I saw a beautiful sight !  It was a bird with a very large wing span, gliding on the wind currents. I wasn't sure what it was.  I knew it wasn't an Eagle because it wasn't big enough.  I wasn't sure if it was a Falcon or a Hawk.  (I asked someone later who was sure it was a hawk).  I have walked in this nature reserve for about three years and have never seen a bird of prey in this area.  This reserve is in the suburbs, but it is right at the foot of the mountains.  It has rabbits, chipmunks, birds (doves, sparrows, pigeons, hummingbirds, etc.) and lizards.  I believe the hawk was looking for his breakfast.

With Jesus Sanchez (L) and my brother Mike

With Jesus Sanchez (L) and my brother Mike

 I had the hawk with me for about a block and then it showed up again in the second reserve, a few blocks away.  It was a beautiful sight!  I couldn't figure out why I had never seen one in the three years I'd been walking this park.  Then, when I smelled the fires last evening, while sitting outside. I realized why it was down here, to get his breakfast.  There is a fire in California now and, although it is far away, the winds have brought the smell and smoke here.  With a fire that large there are so many animals that are displaced and/or killed.  The birds of prey have been building their nests for generations in these same trees and forests.  They have found the food for their young in the same places for generations.  The birds that have survived are flying East to find their food now because they have been displaced.  

There is an example of something similar that happened this week.  During the World Cup games in Brazil, the news reported that Brazilians are protesting because they have been displaced from their homes on the beaches and moved three hours from where they work and lived. This is a tough situation for anyone. 

Some people put themselves above nature but trees and animals are equally important to our planet. We need our trees, our birds and their prey to survive here on this planet.  They are as important to Earth's survival as we are.  In the last ten years Colorado, where I'm was born and raised, has had more forest fires than I ever remember.  Mesa Verde had over 1 million acres burn.  OVER 1 MILLION ACRES OF TREES!  I can't even imagine the size of that; I cried when I heard the news.  There isn't even a way to know how many animals and birds die in a fire that big, let alone trees that have been around for hundreds or thousands of years.  I'm not sure people stop and think of how much of our planet's nature we lose every time there is a fire. They are a part of the life cycle and they affect the whole universe, not only our planet.  How much carbon dioxide did the trees from 1 million acres give off?  How many birds of prey died, were displaced or lost their food source? And are now having to come into the city for food.

 Every generation before us has left a written history.  Will we have enough paper to leave ours?

One of my favorite places - Zion National Park, Utah

One of my favorite places - Zion National Park, Utah