Journeys can be fraught with unknowns, but I take a lot of strength and inspiration from these birds migrating, sure and strong, across our continent. The Blackpoll Warbler, a bird weighing less than an empty soda can, travels more than 12,000 miles roundtrip every year from Alaska and Canada’s Boreal Forest, across North America and the Atlantic Ocean, to South America where it spends the winter.
Birds are a bellwether of what is happening in the environment. They are telling us they are in trouble. And if they are in trouble, so are we.
We cannot stop there. Responding to the loss of three billion birds requires much more.
The good thing about this time of renewal and change is that we have the power to choose our future. We can build toward America’s future and bring birds back at the same time. Let’s choose to do both.