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To name is a way to know

November 21, 2018
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

This year, 2018, marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and, as part of the "Year of the Bird," my husband and I both participated in several activities offered by the Friends of the Pine Island Library in collaboration with Audubon of Southwest Florida and the Calusa Land Trust. We wish to extend gratitude to those entities and their many volunteers who welcomed us as beginner "birders."

We have known and loved the Pine Island Sound area for three decades as vacationers and then as snowbirds. But now our own migrations are ending, and we call Pine Island home.

Because of the excellent programming offered through the library in the last month, we have learned a great deal about our glorious avian neighbors and about our human neighbors who appreciate them and this special place.

For instance, that bird having an exuberant bath in the rain gutter with a mask like the Lone Ranger which then speared a dragonfly in mid-flight for breakfast? Aha! It's a loggerhead shrike, my husband and I agreed over our coffee one morning last week, sharing binoculars and consulting our birding guide.

Knowing a name - the name of a bird, of a plant, of a fish, or of a person - is one way to say you want to belong to a place. To name is to show our respect and care for those with whom we share that place.

Dawn Marano




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