Friday, December 28, 2012

No mating behavior! Please!

I thought that I would post one picture of a bird that is exhibiting no apparent mating behavior. One out of 12.

An island of sanity in an otherwise crazy world.

Good grief!

Mina should move.

When hurricane Sandy was making its approach to the East Coast I started listening to broadcasts from public radio in New York. I wanted to know firsthand what was going on. I still listen to them today while I am working on various jobs around the sanctuary.

I regularly make comments to a show called The Take Away. Often they play my recorded messages over the air. All the directors of the sanctuary hope that Mina will someday move to California.

I sent a text to the show today:

The question on the take away today to answer by text was "do you have a loved one or friend who you would like to make a New Year's resolution for. "

My reply:

I have a good friend who lives in New Jersey. She constantly has colds, the flu or sinus problems. She should make the resolution to move to a more temperate climate such as Southern California where if she encounters "New Jersey like" weather she can leave the campsite, drive an hour and a half down the mountain, and head to a warm sunny beach. When she gets tired of sitting by the waves she can drive 20 minutes home.

No person with her fragile constitution should live in a swamp.

Don Scott

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

2012 Reflections by Mina +Regina Jankowski

It's that time of year again, time to take one final look back before moving forward and leaving 2012 behind me forever.

This year is not one I'll regret leaving. I lost a cockatiel, Major, to liver failure. It has been about two months but I just took the toys out of his cage. I lost my almost 15 year old cat, Mulder, to cancer. I found out today that the cockatoo I've been working with every week for over six months has found a new home. Okay, that's great news. But it's still a shocking loss at the moment.

What I have learned is despite the loss of so many loves, I still have more to give. The heart of a rescuer goes on. I miss them and am adjusting but it will never stop my desire to save "one more". Saving lives is addictive. Some people avoid it to avoid the pain. My pain is a reminder of a powerful love that transends time and space, a pain I wouldn't trade in if it meant I lost one minute of joy those amazing creatures brought to my life.

When you look toward 2013, filled with hope, (you did survive several apocalypses after all) don't just make plans to diet or exercise. Plan to change your life by changing anothers. Saving a life by adopting, fostering, donating, or volunteering, will change your life for the better. You have my word.

Happy 2013 from my flock to yours!