The Everglades National Park is one of the most
astonishing things I have experienced in my life so far.
Walking along the Anhinga Trail and seeing American
alligators, Great Blue Herons, anhinga, turtles, and
countless other species of plants and animals, it is
undeniable that this area is beautiful. There is really
nothing better than seeing a great blue heron catch a
fish while standing among remarkable plants. All of this
beauty and diversity helps one truly understand the need
for conserving the natural world. Experiencing the world
is what life is all about, and places like the
Everglades help us realize that there is more to life
that what we have created. These healthy, beautiful,
diverse ecosystems are absolutely worth visiting. And it
is undeniable that they are worth protecting.
The diversity of birds is more remarkable than you could
ever imagine. Looking through binoculars for the first
time and seeing a beautiful bird gliding in the sky
makes your heart race. Flipping through pages in a field
guide and stopping at the swallow-tailed kite is almost
as satisfying as spotting the bird in the first place.
Watching birds whether it be a swallow-tailed kite, a
tree swallow, a scarlet ibis, or a great blue heron,
helps you truly understand how flawless they really are.
I am so thankful that I have had the experience to
really learn about birds and strengthen my love for
them. I can now help others understand these beings and
work toward protecting them and their homes because
those mangrove swamps that were beautiful in my eyes are
vital for the birds. Places like this allow for birds to
perform all of their perfect natural behaviors.
The wonderful thing is that you do not have to travel
halfway around the world to see birds. They are in our
backyards, the parks, nesting on the buildings, and
singing in the trees. These same birds migrate across
the globe in precise patterns using the wind, sun, and
Earth to guide them. It is these birds that help
pollinate our plants, disperse seeds, and decorate our
yards. By watching birds, their beauty, importance, and
grace is only reiterated. By learning about birds,
people begin to care about birds. This is why I will
share all that I know. Birds do matter. We have taken
their homes and replaced them with buildings. We have
taken their breeding grounds and replaced them with
roads. It is time to watch, learn, and care about birds
and move toward a better world where we protect them
from being hunted, keep their swamps and trees safe, and
watch them from a distance while helping one another
learn all we can about them.