Saturday, October 13, 2012

You just never know ...

Name the first "green" president that comes to mind. 

For me, it's always Teddy Roosevelt, no question.

Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon a list of Richard Nixon's environmental actions

Yes, Nixon!

The ol' Watergate wonder, who once likened environmentalists to a bunch of animals, was actually responsible for many of the acts that protect our country's precious natural resources.

It's true; you learn something new every day.

In response to intense political pressure from concerned citizens in 1972, Nixon went all-out to placate his conservation-minded constituency. 

Ah, those were the days.

It wasn't so long ago that citizens took precedence in this country. Today, it seems the only way we might regain our influence is to ban together, stick an "Inc." at the end of our collective names, and throw our paychecks at the president.

Who's game?

Friday, October 12, 2012

The little things we miss ...

Twenty-nine years ago today, the unassuming little Santa Barbara Song Sparrow was officially declared extinct. 

While no photographs are known to exist of the extinct Santa Barbara Song Sparrow, it resembled this common mainland song sparrow.
Photo by Ken Thomas / Wikimedia

I fondly remember a song sparrow who lived outside my kitchen window on Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge. It made every morning just a little merrier.