Monday, March 19, 2007

the whooper whoops

I've got some good news and some bad news...

The good news: The Whooper Swan, common to Asia and Europe, has been spotted in northern Washington state! Birders from as far away as Florida have been "flocking" (pun intended) to Skagit County to catch a glimpse, delighting not only the birders but area businesses as well.

The bad news: It's not supposed to be here! The Whooper Swan breeds in the arctic regions of Europe and Asia and is supposed to spend its winters farther south. According to USA Today, ornithologists and conservation groups are saying that "more bird species...are ranging farther north and even staying there for the winter in a possible sign of adaptation to global warming." (full story here)

I don't know about you, but with each new story relating to global warming, my concern for creation ratchets up a notch. If you want to bop around the PC(USA) site to see what they have to say on global warming, click here.

1 comment:

Serena said...

Yeah! We Presbyterians mean well and write well. I wonder if anyone other than Presbyterians have read this material? And I wonder how many of us are working "in the world" with the larger "secular" society to effect change.

This weekend I went to ecumenical worship at downtown Seattle church, and following worship, a march from the church to the federal bldg in suppport of ending Iraq war. There were maybe 50 other Presbyterians there (from all of the Seattle area)!!! Wow! Such great participation and visibility is just too underwhelming!