Linda and I got to visit the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho this past week.
The picture above is of a Harpie Eagle named Grayson. When we saw him, he was in full squeak mode, making screeching sounds while scrunching up his whole face because he was hungry.
There’s a great story of worldwide cooperation behind the birds.
It began with the Peregrine Falcon. There were only a handful left in the world. The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest “raptor” able to reach over 200 mph in a dive. The center took the few wild ones left and began to breed them until they had hundreds of them. They released them into the wild and, today, the Peregrine Falcon is no longer on the endangered species list.
That’s not the end of the story. They work to identify other raptors that are in trouble due to lost habitat or other human interference all around the world. And, with the people of the country, use human ingenuity to ensure the species can survive. One of the most inspiring visuals was the map which shows their partners with people all over the world.
In a time when there is so much bad news, I celebrate this bit of good news. We can work with one another all over the world to do some fantastic things. Humans are the most creative of all species. And with our minds and hearts, with determination and hope that comes from God, we can connect to other minds and hearts to find a better way to live with the creatures of this planet.
So let it start in our prayers today.
And remember… what God can do through a determined community for a Peregrine Falcon, so God can do for you. Remember, you have a determined community around you. We are here to help you live.
In God’s Love,