— Contemporary American poet Tess Gallagher tells of a moment she made an important choice. This brief and brilliant poem reminds us once again that we are stewards of our gardens, our woodlands, our trees – and of all the living creatures that share our habitat. May your birds bring you great joy, as you befriend and protect them.
Tess Gallagher, “Choices” from Midnight Lantern: New and Selected Poems. Copyright © 2011 by Tess Gallagher. Reprinted by permission of Graywolf Press.
Source: Midnight Lantern: New and Selected Poems (Graywolf Press, 2011)
Many gardeners become amateur ornithologists, watching birds and identifying them by their calls, their colors and markings, their nesting places and habits. If you are a bird lover, you’ll enjoy exploring this incredible Birds of North America site from Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in conjunction with the American Ornithology Society: