With a global pandemic upon us all, the Covid-19 virus has really turned everything upside down. Spring break has been extended until the end of the month for students. I don't think I've wrapped my head around all of it yet.
Last week I prepped my work to go out of the classroom with my students in case we have to go online. Of course no one told us to do this, but common sense told me to prepare for the inevitable.
|A beautiful walk. No people. Just nature. |
In Tucson, it's more of a blessing than a curse. Warm weather. Great outdoor scene. Migration happening. What's not to love? One. I get to be home every day during migration? What??!! Two. It's the nicest time of year here so do I work on house projects or bird? Three. Cancelled events that bring in way too many people to Tucson?! YES! Thank you corona! And sports have been cancelled? That's like the cherry on top of the sundae! What will people do with their free time? Hopefully get out and reflect. Take a nice hike or bike and go somewhere wonderful in nature.
|A rare Townsend's Solitaire|
And my garden! I can work on my garden!
Sadly, yet smartly, my friends from Wisconsin cancelled their trek to Arizona. It sucks. I was looking forward to their visit, but I completely understand. I would have done the same thing. Being on a plane or cruise is just plain dumb right now. Even after telling my students about the dangers, they still went to Italy, Hawaii and elsewhere. Now they are having a nightmare of a time getting back. No one listens to the teacher. I give them an "F" for not listening to my lectures. The congestion in the airport alone would make me go mad. And the exposure rate is MUCH greater. Yikes.
|a nesting Cactus Wren|
I am bothered that there isn't any toilet paper available in the stores. And if you have someone who always uses up the last toilet paper roll in the house and doesn't tell you, like my other half, then it makes it even worse! We had to go to 4 stores to find ONE package of toilet paper!
I guess being a bird has its advantages. They don't need toilet paper. This virus has put a hold on everyone's lives. Birders have had trips cancelled. But in a way, I'm thankful for this time out. It really forces us to appreciate the beauty around us. I actually got drunk from the sunshine over the past couple days. If this is what it's like to be retired, I'm all for it.
|Gila Woodpecker in nest|
We had rains last week and the ground is nice and soft to put in new plants for the year.
|Black-throated Gray Warbler|
Warblers, hawks, vireos and other birds are making their move north. Never in my career have I been given 2 weeks to linger around the natural corridors of Arizona at free will. It's kind of a gift. I can sleep in late if I want.
Stay safe. Be smart. And enjoy the solitude if you can. Spring is here and the birds are moving north. It'll certainly take your mind off of things.
It doesn't matter where you are. Nature is there. Until next time.