ANN’S WINDOW TO NATURE
For many of us, me included, feeding the birds was sparked by a family member who shared their love of nature. In a way, it was a gift that was given to me and my siblings. A gift that has lasted a lifetime.
Through the years, feeding the birds has become increasingly part of my daily life. I enjoy watching the birds as I drink my morning coffee. I laugh at young fledglings who demand food like they haven’t had a meal in days. I absolutely love seeing the bright red of the Northern Cardinal male against the black and white, winter landscape. These are little the gifts that renew my spirit each day.
As we age, it may become harder for some of us to fill feeders, tend gardens, mow lawns, and shovel snow. Many of us downsize into senior condos or apartments. In doing so, we often must say “goodbye” to our birds.
The following stories show how much we value our birds and all the joy and beauty they bring to our lives. Ideally, senior living environments will allow some kind of communal bird feeding station as it will spark social interaction, and even fond memories as they transition through another one of life’s chapters.