While reflecting on my encounters with the National
Wildlife Refuge system,
I realized how beautiful and how vital these protected
I have discovered how important birds are to these
wild places and how interesting and how amazing birds can be.
Learning that funding is being cut for these wild places is very
upsetting and is truly a mistake.
One morning, I watched the sun
rise over the Atlantic Ocean. While looking at the beautiful colors
of the sky
and watching the birds flying over the ocean, I became
connected with nature. Never have I felt so alive.