|Dr. Janet Ruth releases a Savannah Sparrow|
|We begin to set up the fine nets|
|we prepare to flush sparrows|
|Grasshopper Sparrow released after being weighed, etc|
|the crown of the Baird's Sparrow is brightly colored|
|Dr. Ruth explains the Grasshopper Sparrow in detail|
Each volunteer had a chance to release a sparrow(s). Adults don't smile much. There's really not much to smile about some days. But I watched as each adult released a sparrow back into the grasses and there was this wonderful smile that developed on their faces. Observing these moments with the group made me realize just how powerful an experience this can be for many people. They don't even realize sometimes that they let their guard down for just one moment as that childlike wonderment sneaks out.
There is something very powerful about participating in the natural world around us. Most of us who read blogs, etc understand this very special bond.
But we understand that there is also a lot of work and preparation that goes into these projects. Early mornings, sun burn, itchy hikes full of nasty burrs......
|checking the health of a sparrow by how much fat is on the bird's breast|
The afternoon came to a close and the volunteers exited the grasslands of Southern Arizona. We found our Baird's Sparrow, but we also discovered so much more.
A special thank you to Dr. Janet Ruth and Jason for giving us the opportunity to get close to the birds we love so much. Check out more birds from around the world on Wild Bird Wednesday!
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”