The Bird and the Butterfly


By Aidan Galloway (Dori)

            Bird banding involves the setting up of 10 nets in the Tremont area and checking them every 30 minutes.

            Another net check was called, and everyone got up, hoping that a bird would be caught this time. Everyone set out in their own group, one heading over the river and one staying on the camp side. My group made our rounds finding nothing more than a few leaves. We headed back to the Council Room, hoping the other group had better luck.

            This time, it turns out they did; they came back with a small, already banded bird. A little disappointment came when we realized that the banding process wouldn’t be happening then and there.  Soon, the campers that were staying there came around to see the Chipping Sparrow and learn more about birds. I even began thinking that it wasn’t that bad being there even if the birds weren’t being caught.

            I became excited for every new net check, and even when no birds were found, I was fine with the conversations I had and the other creatures I saw, like the butterfly that we caught. If you think about it, it’s kind of funny how we caught the same amount of butterflies as birds.

            At the beginning of doing this program, I was disappointed, but after thinking it over, I realized that we have truly no control of what may come or go. Some things are out of our power, and we just have to let them be, because we can’t always change them. Sometimes we have to just surrender and rest in our patience, however small. We need to just let things come as they may.

            This doesn’t mean we should ever give up; we just need to know at times our limitations and the things we have no command over. Being patient is sometimes the only way we will see the wonder of the world that is around us.

            Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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2 thoughts on “The Bird and the Butterfly

  1. Aidan, thanks for your musings from a morning of banding. It is amazing how much of field science involves just being in the right place, at the right time, and practicing PATIENCE!

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