Saturday, November 24, 2007

Heart's Desire, Healing and Freedom

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From the moment that I started working with the birds affected by the oil spill, it has been my dearest wish to be allowed to see a rehabilitated bird set free. Today, my wish came true. I was allowed to return healthy, wild birds to their homes.

Robb and I got up early and drove out to Cordelia, where we loaded birds into our cars and drove over hill and dale to the beautiful and beautifully named Heart's Desire Beach on Tomales Bay.




We spread the boxes out by the surf.




And one by one, we set the birds free.




Most of the thirty-one birds we released flew off together as quickly as their wings would carry them, but this juvenile Western Gull made us all laugh by strutting up and down on the shoreline before finally swimming away.




All the work I've done with the birds has had double meaning for me. When I released the birds, I wished that they live a fine life in the wild, and are never again touched by human hands. I also wished that anyone going through a traumatic recovery find the strength to return to the life that they love.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

your writing moves me to tears. I'm happy you were able to take part in the release of birds. best to you and Robb.
x0x
SPro

Marg said...

What a wonderful account-thank you again for volunteering and I'm happy you got to see the fruits of your labour!

Syndee said...

What an overwhelming feeling that must have been to have had the ability to set free animals you've helped save. The tears are flowing here as well.

Anonymous said...

Your pictures say as much as your words.

Grinch - reaching for a hankie

Pica said...

Hugs.

Eclipse said...

Amazing - both you and the birds.

Eclipse

Anonymous said...

It's a beautiful thing the work you've done for the birds brings you so much joy and fulfillment. We all should find such deeds that allow for such meaning in our lives!

Sheri said...

I'm soo glad you got to do this. What a wonderful thing. I'm a little teary-eyed.

Anonymous said...

Take a bow, Lisa.

And gloat. A lot. You earned it.

Annalisa

Anonymous said...

Hi Lisa,
This is Megan the IBRRC staffer who you worked with at the center. I'm writing to thank you for the great flickr photo set. I'm home now and back in my regular life. Next Monday the 10th I'm going to have some friends over to show them a slideshow of the response effort. As you can imagine I was too busy to take a lot of pictures, so I'm trying to cobble the slideshow together. First, you are warmly invited to come over to my house to celebrate the spill being over, if you'd like. Second, could I include a few of your flickr pictures in my slideshow? I will of course credit you, or better yet perhaps you'll be there to co-present.

thanks!
Megan -- megan@prelinger.net

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