When Did It Start?

 

Hello Barbara,

River current transport
River current transport

After the last big rain the raw San Lorenzo River (SLR) power was a fine, impressive visual as its currents washed huge sized tree trunks at ferocious speed into the Ocean. As Nature held my undivided attention and casted her irresistible spell, I marveled how Nature achieves her spell. This state is familiar to many of us and I am on a quest to explore why, when and how Nature love/environment awareness originates for/in people. I decided to start by asking people in my immediate circle: friends & San Lorenzo River cohorts.

So Lisa Sheridan came to mind. She has been in the environmental cause trenches for decades as she advocated for A.J. Cumming Park, Pinto Lake & San Lorenzo River. Her deep environmental commitment has taken her to highly involved and intense dimensions, that would make many people dizzy. She loves birding and her fine photography documents her exquisite bird observations. So I called her and asked: “ Do you remember the first time Nature cast her spell on you?”

She was able to recall the exact moment: it happened when she was about 5 years old, retrieving a lost ball in the bushes & discovering the bugs crawling in the bush’s undergrowth. While watching the insects, Nature   gently wove her spell and Lisa entered a slowed down, safe, quiet, peaceful world. After that initiation she found herself yearning for Nature’s space and time, in which she was able to explore, interact, expand her curiosity at her own speed without her big family’s busy impact.

As Lisa’s passive exploration, curiosity and knowledge expanded, Nature became the space that allowed her to recharge, rejuvenate her being. This birthed her desire to protect, preserve Nature’s home, the environment. She learned from her own mistakes thus is an avid promoter of environment education, which was the reason for starting the San Lorenzo River Bird Walks Series two years ago with Museum of Natural History. She encourages people to sign up soon, as the series fills quickly. Lisa noted that the river hosts over 200 documented bird species which live or migrate through its corridor. I know, you want to go at least on one of these FREE walks since some of our finest local birders led them, so here is the link to sign up: http://santacruzmuseum.org I’ll tell you more next time about our long, interesting conversation that touched on many topics.

Bees living by the river
Bees living by the river

 

Oh, yes! I meant to tell you about the bee swarm. It housed itself in the Eucalyptus Trestle trees. I love bees, so it gave me a thrill to see a wild bee swarm living happily by the river. & wait there is one more little river tale:

COMMON GOLDENEYE on shore.JPG
COMMON GOLDENEYE on shore

A male COMMON GOLDENEYE resting on the shore, made me stop in my tracks, because they usually only come on land when sick or injured. I am happy to report that he went back in the water & I didn’t see any injuries. Maybe he just took a rest from the strong river currents?

flourishing wild life greetings from jane

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One thought on “When Did It Start?

  1. I love that you asked this great question and that you started with Lisa and received such a lovely story from her – it started at 5 under a bush looking at insects. How important it is that we expose children to the natural world and let them make these discoveries for themselves. Teaching children about insects in school is not the same.

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