By Jeff Osmundson
Greetings members and friends of Skagit Audubon;
Well here we are a whole month after our last newsletter and some of the surprise and uniqueness of the situation has worn off. We are grateful that things seem to be slowly getting better and we look forward to seeing you at our member meetings, field trips and education offerings. Meanwhile, to avoid cabin fever some of us have ventured out to walk, bike ride or look at birds. Colleen and I have been checking out some areas for various activities but it is a learning experience. Sometimes the trail is more crowded than we like; sometimes there are people that seem to be oblivious of this distancing idea; sometimes we just choose to stay in the yard or walk the neighborhood. We have felt o.k. meeting people at trails for a walk while keeping our distance.
The migratory birds are on the move and it serves as a reminder that we are just a small cog in the great ecosystem that keeps on month after month and year after year. Mother Nature seems to be enjoying the break as well. Skies are clearer and water is generally cleaner worldwide.
Your Board has been working together to try and figure out how and when we can get back together. We have an election coming up and are weighing options if we cannot meet as a group. We are very aware that much of our membership is in the higher risk category and our overriding goal is to avoid putting people in danger. The old saying (neither Chinese nor ancient, being recent and western) is “May you live in interesting times”. Be it a blessing or curse, we are indeed living in interesting times. Right now we can take care of ourselves, reach out to others and have the patience to get through this historic pandemic. We honestly don’t know when we may see you again but hope it is soon and under wonderful circumstances.
Queen Elizabeth of England gave a rare Easter message and ended with these inspiring words. “"We know that coronavirus will not overcome us. As dark as death can be — particularly for those suffering with grief — light and life are greater... better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again." We hope to see you on the birding trail soon.