I knew trees were important, but I had no idea how much they contribute to our lives until I began to live mindfully. I am very fortunate to live where trees are a prominent part of our neighborhood. This image was taken in the Coconino National Forest in northern Arizona in early morning.
“Trees exhale for us so that we can inhale them to stay alive. Can we ever forget that? Let us love trees with every breath we take until we perish.”
― Munia Khan
The Tweet below is a list of the many benefits that trees provide, some will surprise you.
Birds are miraculous beings, they provide nature’s songs and are amazing to observe. Modern birds have inhabited the earth for over 100 million years, they deserve to be protected and be a part of our thought process in our daily lives through our conservation efforts and in whatever ways we can be kinder to the earth. Birds like all wildlife have a place in our ecosystem, let’s be the change they need to keep the earth alive and healthy.
Climate Vulnerability and the Stellar’s Jay:
From the National Audubon Society:The same climate change-driven threats that put wildlife and people at risk also effects birds.
Spring heat waves endanger young birds in the nest.
Summer brings fire weather, wildfires incinerate habitat, and if they burn repeatedly, prevent it from recovering.
Winter – Did you know that in winter, birds such as Stellar’s Jay have little to protect them from the cold? On cold nights, birds fluff up their feathers for insulation and often hunker down over their bare legs and feet to keep them warm. Most birds can’t tuck their heads under their wings to sleep as we’ve been led to believe. But they do turn their heads around and poke their beaks under shoulder-feathers to keep their beaks warm.
Winter Help for Wild Birds
Feeding the Birds in Winter – Winter bird feeding produces significantly earlier egg laying dates, larger clutches of eggs, higher chick weights and higher overall breeding success across a wide range of bird species and birds with access to bird seed have a much higher overwinter survival rate.
I am sharing an article that I was intrigued by because I am always striving to do more for wildlife and the environment and this pointed out some things that I felt aligned with.
As a conservationist and nature/wildlife photographer, living surrounded by mountains brings the importance of them and how we can care for this beautiful biodiverse landscape. This image of the San Francisco Peaks was taken in Autumn, you can see some snow on the peaks as the temperatures drop.
Mountain ecosystems play a major part in the replenishing of mountain snows and glaciers. Without them these will melt and possibly vanish worldwide within 30-50 years. Without these snows, life on Earth will become unbearably hot and the water cycle will cease to function effectively. ActiveRemedy.org
Protecting Mountain Biodiversity
Did you know that mountains cover 24% of the earth’s surface and play a critical role in supporting life on the planet. More than half the world’s population depends on mountains for their water, known fondly as the water towers of the world.
Mountains harbor a significant portion of distinct ethnic groups, varied remnants of cultural traditions, environmental knowledge and habitat adaptations. They host some of the world’s most complex agro-cultural gene pools and traditional management practices.
The Mountain Institute – The Importance of Preserving Mountain Regions
They came into our yard and stayed, first one then the other followed. I immediately searched for their “parents” by posting on lost animal sites. When no one responded, I called a cat sanctuary for help. When I learned that there are no shelters in our area that will take unsocialized pets, I chose to advocate for them and be their caregiver. It is heartwarming that I am given the opportunity to improve the lives of these innocent victims, they are traumatized, feel unloved, were without shelter, water and food.
There are millions of abandoned pets each year, they suffer from separation anxiety, depression and will find it very hard to trust humans again. Many are unnecessarily put down. As the guardian for these two beautiful souls, I will provide them with all that they need, they will remain free, but there will be a cat door added to the shed for winter warmth and they now have a reliable source of food, water, shelter and most importantly love. It is my intention to gain their trust so they can be socialized and adopted by a loving family.
There are many ways to reduce the pet homelessness, we all need to get involved and take the initiative to to do what we can to be responsible, reliable and nurturing caregivers to assure that pets can rely on us for a loving, happy and safe life.
Conservation Success: They’re using recycled plastic bottles to make a felt that supports plant life without soil in Mexico City, this amazing conservation effort was created by one person and has become a vital way to clean the air in a very populated city. These beautiful gardens are built to last 100 years.
Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. John Muir
Botanical gardens are a place of beauty that restores our souls, but they also serve a higher purpose. Did you know that botanical gardens and arboretums are vital centers of “off site conservation” around the world?
“This is an important process in and of its own because housing plants in different locations safeguards them from complete annihilation.”Harvey Bernstein
For me, Autumn is a symbolic season that brings cooler temperatures, warm sweaters, comfort food, fading flowers and a spiritual tone as nature and humanity prepare for the coming winter.
As the Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said, “The only constant is change.” Autumn reminds us that our bodies, minds, and surroundings are always developing. It focuses on the impermanence of life, emphasizing how vital it is to embrace the present. By doing so, we can savor what we have before it is gone. Kirsten Nunez, Bustle
My favorite season, I love the cool, crisp air and the variety of amazing, warm colors.
“Notice that autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature.” Friedrich Nietzsche
Saving Our Planet
There are thousands of conservationists, nonprofit wildlife sanctuaries, rangers and rescue centers working diligently every day to save thousands upon thousands of animals, in a variety of challenging situations all linked to humanity. I believe it is up to us to seek ways to remedy the problems we’ve created by finding ways to live in harmony with wildlife and restore our planet. It is my intention to bring awareness to the need for mindful living and compassion to the forefront through my imagery.
In my effort to promote conservation I give my support to animal sanctuaries and rescues.
It is difficult to know all of the ways that wild and exotic animals are abused and mistreated. The U.S. has the weakest laws to protect exotic animals, so it is up to most states to introduce legislation to protect them from a life they weren’t meant to live.
This non-profit organization is working toward giving captive wild animals that have been abused, neglected, abandoned or retired from performing a life-long home. It is staffed with people who have expertise in providing these animals with humane treatment, the highest standard of care and enriched lives as close to freedom as possible.
It is their mission to educate the public and to rescue, rehabilitate and provide life-long care to exotic and indigenous wildlife.
The preservation and protection of wildlife and the environment is paramount in their goals.
Donations are their only form of support. I’ve included a link that is their wish list so you can choose how you’d like to give.