2 Years Ago…

February 6, 2016 was the day the last ever ultralight-guided cohort of Whooping cranes arrived at the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. 

Unlike the fifteen cohorts ahead of them, this group had the dubious distinction of arriving in crates after weather foiled any flight attempts to guide them with the aircraft. 

READ Joe Duff’s account of that final day. 

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  1. Catherine Wohlfeil February 12, 2018 10:44 pm

    A gift, feel free to use it in any way that may be of assistance — It’s something I wrote which somehow seems to relate —


    To be a part of God’s creation,
    even if only to be aware of it,
    for a moment in time;
    To gaze upon its greatness,
    To hold it in one’s grasp

    Its song, as if a bird on high,
    The glimmer of snow in branches.
    Never again will this moment come.
    The exact cast of the branches,
    The glint of the sun,
    The depth of the light.

    A year from now branches will no longer be at this exact angle.
    Some will be broken, some grown, some gone.
    This second will not come again,
    Yet we lie still ensconced in rapturous gaze cast in stone on this backlit screen,
    images not ours, not present,
    texts sent, soon deleted, or forgotten.
    Not surviving even a season
    and yet we stare with rapt attention.

    We miss…
    the wind gently caressing our faces,
    the scent of rain as it touches us,
    the gentle song of a bird carried upon the wind,
    the touch of a child’s hand.

    What have we left of God’s creation
    if we do not meet it,
    embrace it,
    when that one time it touches and caresses our face?

    C.Wohlfeil 2/7/2018

    A note —

    If something falls away, goes on migration as it were… and doesn’t return, the gift of having had that moment to cherish it,
    in wonder, is indelibly etched on our sight and in all our hearts.

    That which we’ve been gifted to see, even once, becomes a
    part of who we are… or what life could be.

    Most of us face our Goliaths only once in our lives. It’s all in how we meet that challenge and take that first step. That and only that, counts.

    Bring back the ultralight flights… The world needs that kind of inspiration right now.

    • Heather Ray February 13, 2018 5:10 am

      Lovely… Thank you Catherine