|American White Pelican|
My hometown remains the same, but there's much more diversity now. Each day I took some time to bird alone or with family. On those outings, I noticed a different community from the one I knew for decades.
|The wonderful birding hotspot that is the Manitowoc Impoundment|
|A dedication to the founding father of Woodland Dunes, Bernie Brouchard,|
"Oh Winnie. What would you say about the world today?" I've worked with them both over the years and am glad they are remembered. I always wondered who would fill their shoes. I'm proud to say that there are many new faces who are educating the public about Woodland Dunes and Point Beach State Forest.
As the factory generation fades into memory, a newer one is taking place. I spoke with Doc Sontag this last time. He is in his 80's and going strong. Another friend met up with us, also in this 80's, at the Manitowoc Impoundment (which is a great place to bird!). There in our little bubble we pondered what will happen after their generation was gone. And in fine Doc fashion, he looks over and points to me, "Chris and his generation are the next in line to take over for us old coots." Me? No. I could never replace that man. He is wise beyond years and full of experience. But he's right. We must carry the torch and teach the next generation. There is a comfort knowing that Doc is out there every day counting birds in the same place. Who will take his place when he's gone?
|I love this little guy. We often spent time out in the field looking at birds. He shows a good interest in the birds.|
The fact of the matter is that it's all complicated. Family is that way. The most I could do is take away some of the stresses that my parents had every day by running errands, watching the niece and/or nephew, and allowing everyone to multi-task instead of being stuck in one place. My point here is that we all hopefully contribute to our families in different ways.