BC BLUEBIRDS

by the Southern Interior Bluebird Trail Society

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Nature Notes on Conservation in Covid Times

A message for all my bluebirding friends –

To me, there is a personal responsibility we all must shoulder to face the challenges of conservation today. It has always been needed, but in a time when we are used to being ambassadors for our bluebirds and native cavity nesting birds and for the outdoors and nature, how do we do this when the world has turned indoors?

It is an understatement to say that COVID-19 has turned everyone’s world upside down. The mixed messages tell people to go inside and stay inside, and to go outside for a walk and get fresh air! How do we do what’s right and what’s responsible? We each need to find a balance between totally forsaking nature and enjoying the benefits it offers our health and well-being. We live in an unprecedented time so it will take unprecedented measures to set a new course. Keeping our distance from one another is our new responsibility, but keeping socially connected does not mean forgetting to maintain a level of connectedness to nature.

We know that the vast landscape of British Columbia is comprised of many postcard- worthy places. For many of us, those natural sites are where we find our connection to self. And universally, whether through science, medicine or the arts, all agree that the time we spend in the solitude of nature is time well spent. Nature connects us, calms us and gives us perspective and, importantly, offers hope – something we all need right now.

For a great many of us, this is a scary time with regard to mental and physical health and financial stress. But, if we change our perspective, we are gifted with an opportunity to self-reflect on our lives, spend more time creating or rebuilding family connections, and consider who we want to be when the dark cloud is lifted.

Please turn off the negativity and harm of the endless daily news of numbers infected and death from Covid-19 and try to focus on the positive stories of self-sacrifice of those engaged in helping make our lives better and how you too can be a positive force in a new world.

Take that walk and with each step stay in the moment. You may be surprised to see what has been in front of you all along. If you have a nestbox trail, consider how every year the bluebirds on your trail take two journeys of migration and all the perils that entails. Yet they return each spring to amaze us with their resilience. As they build their nests, mate and produce young it is not without facing risk of losing it all – but they endure and so will we. Allow that flash of beautiful blue to spark new life in you. Discover a renewed sense of purpose and wellbeing. Carry your uplifted spirit and do good for the world. Stay safe. Oh yes – remember to wash your hands!

Warmest wishes to all - Sherry Linn, Penticton

SIBTS is an Affiliate Member of the North American Bluebird Society (NABS)

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photo by Claude Rioux

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The Southern Interior Bluebird Trail Society (SIBTS) is a non-profit volunteer organization, formed to promote recovery of Mountain and Western Bluebirds. We are located in British Columbia, Canada, and have members throughout the province. We establish nestbox trails, monitor them, compile statistics and educate others about this important cause.