How Life Fits Together On Any Spring Morning

A picture of a hand holding a glowing earth globe in his hand with a butterfly on the globe.

Earth’s Symphony of Life – why can’t humans be so gentle with one another?

I woke up this morning to a Symphony of Spring Life outside my door. A family of rabbits caught my eye as they carried pieces of straw and dry Pampas grass into a rabbit hole they just dug in my garden.

Cherry red cardinals were flying over the Cottontails, making their way to the suet cakes hanging next to a bird feeder dripping with crisp sunflower seeds that a fat and bushy squirrel was spilling overboard.

Then, a bird-sized yellow and black Swallowtail coasted between the squirrel and the Cardinal as the morning breeze carried it along with little effort.

Wow. What a diversity of life for North Texas. All I need to see now is a deer, but sprawling, human development north of Dallas ran those off years ago.

Bigger Than Life

Watching this small, yet magnified, exchange of “being” made me realize how well other animals get along with one another. With the exception of my domesticated wiener dogs and arrogant house cat (who are currently unaware), those Cottontails are safely shoving straw down their rabbit hole in my front yard – the squirrel hasn’t been arrested for stealing a few sunflower seeds – and, the Cardinals haven’t attacked the butterfly coasting close to the suet cake.

All these animals are going about their business and leaving one another alone.

So, why can’t we, humans, do the same thing?

The Ecosystem

A baby and mother polar bear looking endearing at one another.

Humans try to control the natural ecosystem for their own benefit.

If you study the Natural Sciences, you’ll discover that animals pretty much keep out of each other’s way, using a mere snarl or harmless pounce to set their boundaries. Killing is meant for food only, and as sad as that is, it helps regulate wild populations.

No other animal on our planet kills for the “convenience” of it other than the human. 

We annihilated the American Indian so we could possess their lands; we organize coos to steal another’s resources; we start wars for oil.

Do we inoculate newborn babies for profit, and produce toxic foods for ultimate population control? No matter the reason, our actions are a product of arrogance, judgement, and greed.

I’m glad to be human, but this morning, I think I’d rather be a Cottontail.




Butterfly Migration Threatened

A picture of a beautiful Monarch butterfly getting a drink of water.

A beautiful Monarch butterfly getting a drink of water.

It’s butterfly season, so start watching for these incredible creatures to flitter around your yard.

Did You Know About Butterflies?

  • A caterpillar’s first meal is its own eggshell.
  • There are about 17,500 species of butterflies throughout the world.
  • Butterfly wings are covered with overlapping rows of tiny scales.
  • Butterflies are found everywhere in the world except on the continent of Antarctica.
  • Most butterflies migrate relatively short distances, except for a few species like the Monarchs that migrate thousands of miles.
  • From egg to adult, butterflies undergo a series of physical transformations known as metamorphosis.
  • The exact number of butterfly species is not known.
  • Most brightly colored butterfly species have toxic chemicals in their bodies for protection.

Threat Of Survival

The greatest threats to butterflies are a habitat change, and this loss is due to human residential, commercial and agricultural development. Climate change does not endanger butterflies because they migrate to better climates, but again, humans get in the way. As butterflies migrate, or attempt to migrate to better climates, their progress is blocked by the vast urban landcapes of major metro areas. Because of concrete cities and sprawling human development, many migrating butterfly species now face danger of extinction in the wild.

How You Can Help

A picture of a hand holding a glowing earth globe in his hand with a butterfly on the globe.

Help protect Nature’s butterflies

Get active in local development, and encourage the construction of more Greenbelt communities as opposed to multi-living, tightly-packed housing developments with no trees or yards. Discourage spending more municipal funds on concreting bigger highways and taller bridges, and support more mass transit designs and walking/biking trails. Plant butterfly bushes in your gardens, and plant more trees!

The next time you see a beautiful butterfly, stop for a moment to watch it play in the wind.