We can not do everything at once. But we can do something at once~Calvin Coolidge

Yes, I like this approach and would rather feel empowered instead of just kind of hopeless and afraid…..

Today a new President of the United States takes the oath of office. It’s a day that brings great hope to some, uncertainty and worry to others. Whatever lies ahead, each of us can help shape the world that we want to live in.

The Xerces Society works to conserve habitat and protect many of the smallest, yet arguably, most important animals for sustaining the health of our environment. Our staff work to make positive change, following the values that have successfully guided us for 45 years. Achieving our goals includes science, outreach, and education, and the ability to understand, and adapt to, a constantly shifting conservation landscape.

But this work is also personal. The people at Xerces were drawn to our work because of a passion for the animals we work for, and we will continue to work through all avenues to make this world a better home for the butterflies, bees, dragonflies, and other invertebrates that we all love.
However, we can’t do it alone.

President Obama, in his final speeches and interviews, encouraged people to tie their shoe laces and go out to talk to their neighbors, to roll up their sleeves and get to work. This is a time to stand up for what we believe in and create ways to enact change. Local action will be as important as any national campaign—and invertebrates are the perfect focus for local conservation efforts.

There are easy-to-achieve things that will make the world a better place for insects and other invertebrates, which is at the heart of what we do. Over the coming months, we will share information and ideas that will enable you to make meaningful change in your own backyard, your local park, or your council chamber. We’ll also be publishing personal narratives from our staff, stories of how they became involved in conservation. Local events and volunteer activities were often the first steps that led them into a life of change.

We hope that, together, these resources and stories will foster a feeling of empowerment and inspire you to take your own action this year.

First Blog Post from 2007. Happy Ten Years of Blogging 2007-2017

This was my first blog post in 2007. I had two pet african clawed frogs back then and decided to have my frog Rosie author the blog. I miss she and her mate Froggy. I had froggy for 10 years, but Rosie died after three years. I haven’t gotten another tank yet, but I have thought about it…

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“The secret to a rich life is to have more beginnings than endings.” ~David Weinbaum
Jan 19, 2007
The weather has been crazy. From a major snow and ice storm in October, to the warmest December on record to a cold arctic blast. Mother Nature is full of tricks.

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Looking at the fallen trees in the pond, it makes me glad that the tank temperature never falls below 72 degrees F. I am cold blooded you know.
Smooches from Rosie The Frog

Nature Notes (#409)~ Watching…

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Join Nature Notes from Mondays at 11:00 pm EST  to Friday at 11:00 pm EST.

More information can be found at the top of the blog on a separate page, but it really is easy. What are you or have you seen and enjoyed in nature? It can be from your own backyard, the local park, out on a hike or anywhere. What plants and animals catch your interest? Do you garden? Have you read a good book on nature? 

Write a blog post with a photo, a story, a poem, anything goes because I love to see what Mother Nature is up to in your area. Please submit one blog post per week and link back to Nature Notes in some way.

Below is last week’s Nature Notes’ blogger thumbnail photos in a collage. If you photos are protected and/or you don’t want me to use them, please let know. Also listed are all the links to last week’s Nature Notes blog posts if you missed any.

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1. IFTHETHUNDERDONTGETYA™³²®©- USA 8. Leora 15. Raquel Jimenez
2. Nature Footstep Image Workshop 9. Eileen 16. Adam – The Early Birder
3. Andrea’s Plants, Photos and Travels 10. Day One 17. Inspired by . . . Life thru My Lens 02: 52
4. Martina, Germany 11. FROSTY SARAJEVO, Mersad 18. Florence
5. Sallie 12. Linda aka Crafty Gardener 19. Alexa T.
6. Hootin’ Anni [Sand Dunes] 13. Jutta K.Germany
7. Pictografio 14. photographing New Zealand

There is always a woodland hawk here during the winter…watching and hunting….

Female Sharp-shinned Hawk

Female Sharp-shinned Hawk

 

Have a wonderful nature filled week…please visit other Nature Notes bloggers..

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What defines a remarkable person?

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I think the term “hero” is used to often for some and not enough for others. Someone who puts their life on the line to protect us must be a hero as you are putting up the most precious gift you have. Your life. But there are so many remarkable people in this country who quietly go about the business of making life better for those are less fortunate. The community activists, food pantries, battered women’s shelters and help for the homeless. These people are perhaps heroes but certainly remarkable.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot. My best friend’s brother Dick died of cancer less than two weeks after being diagnosed. Dick was in every respect a remarkable man. He and his childhood sweetheart were supposed to marry and shortly before their wedding, Mary had a stoke and it affected her physically and mentally and her short-term memory was very diminished and this girl was in her 20’s. But Dick married her and spent decades loving and caring for her until her death from cancer.

Dick never felt sorry for himself and looked upon his life as being filled with loving family and friends. The people who came to see him in Hospice ranged from the restaurant owner where he had breakfast every day, to the neighbors with twins to whom Dick was like a grandfather, to friends as far back as high school. When told his time was short, he responded saying that he had always been a lucky man and had a good life. Remarkable.When Dick was given such a short time his nephew and fiancee moved their wedding from April and got married at his bedside. Remarkable young people.

I met someone online via another friend and have followed her via Facebook. She has been battling ovarian cancer for almost 5 years and is now in Hospice. She never gave up. She knew that all of the chemotherapy would not cure, but would give her more time with her children and grandchild. She shared her story with so much grace and dignity that I have marveled at her character. Of course she had worked in areas that helped the poor and the battered and volunteered when ever she was well enough to do it. She decided to discontinue treatment in December and enter Hospice and is at peace with her decision.

What makes a remarkable person? What makes some of us feel that no matter how many challenges we have that we are “blessed” with a wonderful life? What makes some of us reach out to others with compassion and empathy? What makes some of us try to hard to make other people’s lives better even in some small way?

I have to believe that despite the current state of  affairs in this country that there must be more of us than not who don’t hate, who are tolerant to those with differing religions, or race or love someone of the same sex. There has to be more of us then them. But I feel more than ever that I need to try to be a remarkable person in any way that I can. I need to always look beyond my challenges to those who are more challenged. I have to approach every day looking at the wonderful family and friends I have. These people have truly inspired me and I hope will inspire you also…