What You Need to Know To Keep You Safe! By Don Torino

I bet that that title got your attention; unfortunately that is how the news media gets you to keep tuned to your favorite news station every day. Fear sells, whether it is some foreign terrorist group, a new disease of the week or a frightened and scared black bear stuck in a tree, fear is what pays the bills and now staying SAFE has taken on a priority above all else. Unfortunately the extreme concept of what it means to “stay Safe” is also stopping people from enjoying the natural world and connecting with nature.

We all need to get outside and enjoy birds like this Cedar Waxwing. Photo courtesy of Alice Leurck

We all need to get outside and enjoy birds like this Cedar Waxwing.
Photo courtesy of Alice Leurck

   This weekend the hot weather alerts came in from all directions, by phone, TV, radio and videos of people buying fans and air conditioners stacked up at a local home improvement store that brought home the extreme notion that the weather would be so severe we might not make it to see Monday morning . But my bet is most of us would ultimately make it, after all that is why the Creator made trees so we could stand under them when it got too hot to be out in the sun, only problem is we might forget how to recognize a tree when we see one if we decide to shut ourselves inside out of fear.

Fear can keep us from enjoying nature.  Fritillary.   Photo courtesy of Joseph E. Koscielny

Fear can keep us from enjoying nature. Fritillary.
Photo courtesy of Joseph E. Koscielny

 

    Fear has driven us inside and into hiding, perhaps a stray coyote might be lurking behind a tree, a mosquito or tick could be justification for staying in for the summer but then the cold will become too much as the weather alerts sound off once more on our phones and TV’s, take precautions? Absolutely! Only a fool doesn’t do what they can to keep from being harmed, but to live in fear to the point of not enjoying what mother nature has to offer? Not me and hopefully not for our children.

We will need to decide for ourselves if it is worth the risk of a mosquito bite to watch a Hummingbird sip nectar from a flower or see a Monarch Butterfly come to rest on a milkweed, will we take the chance of getting a little sun burn to a Great Egret snag a fish or a bald Eagle soar over our heads or smell the wildflowers  in the meadows that are fast disappearing. The decision you make will affect all of us and the future of our natural world.    

We need to take precautions but we can't let fear stop us and our children from enjoying the sight of a Bald Eagle.  Photo courtesy of Fred Nisenholz

We need to take precautions but we can’t let fear stop us and our children from enjoying the sight of a Bald Eagle.
Photo courtesy of Fred Nisenholz

Every day is a risk, whether it is driving down the highway or standing in the shower, just living life every day we are in  jeopardy one way or the other.  We always need to take precautions when enjoying the outdoors, whether it is protecting ourselves from Ticks, bringing our cell phones in case of emergencies or carrying a bottle of water on a hot day. Learning safeguards help us make our treks into nature much more pleasurable. But becoming so overly concerned with fears of what “might happen” paralyzes us from relishing all the wonders of nature and all the life benefits that go along with becoming a human being that is closer with the natural world around us.

 

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