by Amy Boyd
I had the great pleasure of going to Magee Marsh with some Audubon and Columbus Zoo friends. What a delightful day it was. I have always heard about going to Magee and birding on the boardwalk as “warblers fall from the sky” after their long journey over the lake. The birding was lighter than usual but it was still a great day. It was like eye candy seeing all those “jewels” in the trees as everyone strained their necks to see the little spectacles. You could sense the joy as each bird was discovered and shared with everyone on the boardwalk.
We were participating in the Columbus Audubon Birdathon. This is the largest fundraiser for the Chapter and this year we are raising money to help with the upkeep of Calamus Swamp, a property owned by Columbus Audubon near Circleville Oh. Unfortunately, the Emerald Ash Borer has taken a toll on the habitat and many ash trees had to be taken down as a safety precaution. The property is open again for visitors and would be a nice day trip from Columbus. Learn more at columbusaudubon.org.
What I took away from the day was how much joy those little birds bring to so many people. Nature is truly a wonder and each time I’m blessed to be in it I pause, take it in, be in the moment as I enjoy the wonderful creation that has been given to us to care for. What would our world be like if there were no birds singing in the morning, no wildflowers blooming, frogs croaking or sun shining. Nature adds texture to our world and it our responsibility to be the voice for the things that we hold dear, not only for our enjoyment, but for generations to come. I hate to think what our world would be like if Rachel Carson hadn’t stood up to say enough is enough. She was paying attention and realized that things in our natural world were out of sync. It is our turn to pay attention and stand up for the gift of nature to be enjoyed by everyone. Let us stand with Audubon and be the voice for our natural world.