We invited you to share the ways you are connecting with nature and how you love our living world. Stories of connecting to nature and how it affects us are stories we all have and sharing them can help us all connect even more.
This month, Amy Spector shares her story of making a new friend while cultivating a garden. It’s an amazing heartwarming story of how we can communicate with the wildlife around us. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we did. We’d love to hear how you are connecting with nature, please share your stories with us here.
This Bird and I, A pas de deux
It was mid-Spring and I was trying to transform a segment of lawn into a garden bed. I grabbed my spade to cultivate the turf. As I dug up and turned over each clump of compacted soil, a bold male robin started hanging out, watching the progress. It would hop over, poke around in the freshly flipped ground for grubs and worms, and then scurry off to a brushy area just within my peripheral vision. Dig, flip, dart-about. Over and over we danced these steps — nature’s pas de deux — until we were so comfortable around one another we began a dialogue. I asked my friend to go wild for the grubs but go easy on the worms, as other living things could benefit from them too. On a whim, I set a little blue bowl nearby in which I placed the subterranean delicacies as they became exposed. Before the prey could crawl away, Robin came bopping along and picked the juiciest treats RIGHT FROM THE DISH before my astonished eyes! This bird and I were communicating, and I was completely captivated.– Amy S.