The hills, and the trees, and the fields are alive with the sound of music…..

This issue we will continue with our theme of nature as healer. May 3, 2020 is International Dawn Chorus Day. In the spring and early summer, during mating season, multitudes of birds announce their fitness, define their territory, perform courtship duets and generally communicate with each other in nature’s greatest symphony! But you have to get up early to hear it.

We need to listen to our fellow creatures — our well-being is connected to theirs.  There is an existential treat to the future of birds from climate change, habitat loss and pollution. (There are now 3 billion fewer birds in North America than there were 50 years ago.)  Among humans, alcohol and cannabis sales are up, along with domestic violence and other symptoms of stress, during this time of forced social distancing, anxiety and isolation. But nature is making a comeback. Wildlife is returning to areas vacated by people. Stars that haven’t been seen in decades are visible again in the night sky. Air has become breathable again. We humans can experience the same revitalization.

Let’s learn to live in harmony with nature. Listening to the Dawn Chorus is the perfect overture to a new connection that benefits us in body, soul and spirit. And now is the perfect opportunity to experience the wonders of nature in the early morning songs of hundreds of birds.

What is your plan for 4am tomorrow morning?

Go to a secluded natural spot, get out in your yard or open the window. If that seems to onerous, here’s a link, but I recommend the real thing.

Here is a list of some of the birds to be heard in Kamloops: Merlin, Eurasian Collared Dove, Great Horned Owl, Poorwill, Chukar, Calliope & Rufous Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Magpie, American Crow, Raven, Tree Swallow, Violet Green Swallow, House Wren, Robin, Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Western Meadowlark, House Finch, House Sparrow.

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