A Wilson’s Warbler hunts and collects insects through an understory full of ferns. Lying on the ground surrounded by a lush forest full of greenery, I sat and watched a confusion of warblers hover and swoop and flitter in a flash all around me. I didn’t bother trying to photograph in the beginning. I just sat and enjoyed the challenge in my mind. When I finally decided to photograph this group which was perfectly content with this patch of forest, I picked up on some routine movements and really enjoyed the show… How depressing would this world be without birds. Currently one of the most important conservation measures this country has ever adopted, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which is celebrating its 100th Anniversary, is being gutted in a most despicable way. The current administration has already vastly eroded this cornerstone conservation law. Companies like big energy corporations are no longer held accountable for their impacts on bird deaths; it’s no surprise they lobbied hard for gutting the law. “Seventeen former Interior officials, including U.S. Fish and Wildlife directors under presidents Richard Nixon, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, repudiated the reinterpretation when it was first announced in December” according to the Washington Post. In this 100th Year, it falls upon a new generation to pull together and speak out against these dishonorable and reckless environmental decisions.
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