Osprey Legacy Society members reflect on the state of the world today

Flock of birds

Earlier this spring, members of the Osprey Legacy Society gathered online to share their reflections on the pandemic. Many were keen to observe that this persistence of life is inherent in nature to rebound from difficult times. Here are some of their comments:

“I find hope in the clarity of the skies overhead, the newfound energy of the squirrels in my urban environment, the birdsong and the frequent appearance of bunnies on front lawns. In other words, nature repairs itself. I would like to hope that we will follow its lead.”
—Helen, Washington, D.C.

“It is such a delight to see the birds cheerily surviving in the snow. How can I not have hope when those tiny birds pull off this incredible feat every year? Now they've started new batches of baby birds. My cat is full of hope watching all the yummy birds at the bird feeder. Sorry, kitty, but you're not going out. Keep up the hope, everyone.”
—Meg, New Mexico

Mother deer and her fawn

“A new life starting out his first day in the springtime.”
—Richard, Pennsylvania

“I hope that the improved air quality due to reduced driving and industry will give many people the vision of what is possible and be motivated to push for clean renewable energy in the future!”
—Darlene, Oregon

“At 85, no longer able to walk the mountain trails west of Denver, Colorado, my hope lies in Mother Earth—that we will come to our senses and revere and support her as our source of life.”
—Patricia, Colorado

Person on a beach looking out at the ocean

“I am inspired by my daily walks through the neighborhood since the parks in New Jersey are closed. I've seen and heard birds or bird calls that are new to me, watched the unfurling of buds growing so fast into detail-filled leaves, and enjoyed people's landscaped yards as though strolling through public gardens. I've also enjoyed connecting with others out for walks (at a distance), sharing the joy of a sunny day. So simple yet so rewarding.”
—Karen, New Jersey

“The American elm we planted in our tree pit in front of our house looks to be flourishing. It is descended and bred from survivors of Dutch elm disease, which nearly wiped out this native tree species 50 years ago.”
—Liz and Tom, New York

“Trusting that the natural world will get through everything humans have inflicted on it gives me hope; nature is ultimately resilient and wise. The natural world will continue to evolve as the most incredible and sacred thing ever.”
—Susan, Arizona

Nyla's great neice

“I am hoping that this pandemic is a wake-up call so the world will be healthier for the future generations like my great niece!”
—Nyla, California

“I see babies cry. I watch them grow. They'll learn more than I'll ever know. And I think to myself—what a wonderful world!”
—Michael, New Jersey

“Seeing poppies emerge in sundrenched cedar mulch, several years after scattering hopeful seeds. Also, seeing a shy Carpinteria flower hiding in snowberry shadow, uninterested in human attention. Hearing male black-headed grosbeaks’ treetop warbling, like robins taking advanced singing lessons. Tasting fresh spring arugula pepperiness, as its first bee-attracting flowers spike yellow. Smelling pink spring roses, refreshingly unconcerned by cliché. Feeling ancient lifeways pulse through an Oregon ash, expressing advance thanks for summer shade. Knowing the natural world contains wisdom we can never fully know and being glad of it.”
—Todd, California

“After a career of working to improve the environment to improve quality of life I believe there is an inherent love and appreciation of nature that is nearly universal in people and it is through that I continue to have hope for the future. In the manner that most organisms continue to perpetuate after times of distress often through expansion from refugia, so I believe those folks who have a particular appreciation for the natural world will continue to beat the drum.”
—Joseph, Arizona

“Every day I watch the sunrise and the sunset to recharge.”
—Geoff and Lehua, Hawaii

“It gives me hope that perhaps, just perhaps, we may all retain a memory that we can survive being a bit less busy, a bit less scattered and a bit less focused on obsessive consumption.”
—Janice, Colorado

“Once upon a time, when women were birds, there was the simple understanding that to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk, was to heal the world through joy. The birds still remember what we have forgotten—that the world is meant to be celebrated.”
—Terry Tempest Williams

“My Personal Hope: Bringing Back the Birds.”
—Cindy, Pennsylvania

“The annual ripening of mulberries on bushes, and the blue coloration they leave on my fingers as I take my daily walk through our neighborhood reminds me of year-to-year continuity, even as so much has ground to a COVID-induced halt (the blue stain also reminds me to wash my hands when I arrive home!). And the air is clearer for nighttime stargazing, so a cheer for lowered air-pollution!”
—Tim, Georgia

“Hope” is the Thing With Feathers
By Emily Dickinson

“Hope” is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops—at all.

And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chillest land
And on the strangest Sea
Yet, never in Extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.
—Nancy, New Jersey

Cat watches bird out the window

“Our two sons and their wives are committed environmentalists like my wife and I am. They, together with our three grandchildren (one of whom was just born yesterday), give me hope for the future.”
—Brian, Maryland

“There is excitement, wonder and joy at seeing the variety of pollinators visiting the different blooms or watching the Gila Woodpeckers take up residence in my saguaro (This year they selected a hole where I can watch them from the house.). And I can’t leave out the joy of finding ladybugs. Nature is so beautiful, inspiring and fills my heart with joy and hope.”
—Gail, Arizona

“My children and my granddaughter give me hope, and my adopted Siamese cat, Sheena, helps to keep me busy.”
—Nancy, Kansas

If you would like to help support future efforts of the EDF like the members of the Osprey Legacy Society have, please contact Cynthia Eubank DiLeo at 877-677-7397 or legacy@edf.org.