Friday, June 26, 2009

Nature's way
Did I Do The Right Thing?

To begin, I tend to believe Nature knows best and should be left to do Her thing. I don't like to see folks feeding the Geese (under the do not feed the birds sign) at our launch site. It screws up the migratory habits of the animals and makes them more dependent upon us. More over, it has increased the resident population of geese and the huge mess they leave on the beach and water. Having said that, here's what happened yesterday as I paddled on the Milwaukee River.

I noticed a lot of fledgling gulls paddling about and unable to fly. Eventually, I came upon one, then another that were clearly water logged and about to drown. I chose to interfere with nature and took them both aboard. They didn't resist in the least. I left them on the only dry area I could reach in hopes of them drying off and surviving. Did I really believe they would survive? Not really, Was I interfering with Nature? Yes. But Nature also selected me to survive and do my thing and, as a human, one of my things is compassion.

Did I do the right thing? I don't know. I know I did the right thing for me.

Paddle safe...



JohnB said...

You should have seen the fox on the Summerfest grounds last night--running about trying to get away from the crowds and noise. Luckily we didn't have to deal with any fox bites!

Mine's said...

You did the right thing. Chances are a lot of these animals are "harmed" due to something we did by interfering with their world. So, it is our obligation to help them out when we have harmed them. Hope that makes sense.

Captn O Dark 30 and Super Boo said...

We all make choices, this was a good one. definately.

Silbs said...

Ii appreciate the comments and affirmations. I guess, in the end, what is right for some of us may not work for others. This worked for me.