For a cautiously optimistic view of saving our planet, go to YouTube and type “Chasing Carbon Zero/PBS/NOVA/Full Documentary.” in the search bar. This worked for me. (When I tried posting the URL, there was a message that the video was unavailable.)
Arctic terns at Ten Thousand Islands, one of the largest mangrove forests in the world. The green shrub on the left is a mangrove, and the green in the distance is a very large mangrove island. Photo by Ellen Maher.
Birds Fishing in the Mangrove Forest
safe perch for arctic terns.
Inches above the waves, they find
Osprey, also called a fish hawk, feeding its chicks. Photo by Richard Lee on Unsplash.
green in a sea of blue.
Ospreys soar majestically in
Anhinga, also called a snake bird for its long neck. Photo by Mac Weaver from Unsplash.
to fish underwater,
spreads water-soaked wings to dry in
Great egret flying and two snowy egrets wading in the water. Photo by William Foley from Unsplash.
egrets stand motionless,
fishing in the shallows,
alert, their long, sharp beaks poised to
Pelican in Everglades National Park near Ten Thousand Islands. Photo by Ellen Maher.
at Ten Thousand Islands.
Seeking a little bedtime snack,
Pelican flying near Ten Thousand Islands at Everglades National Park. Photo by Ellen Maher.
This poem woke me up in the middle of the night a few nights ago, so I got up and wrote a rough draft before going back to sleep. You may also have had similar experiences. I would be interested in hearing about writing inspirations from your dreams or those that wake you up demanding to be written. ❤
Please Note: This post was written from my own experiences in Florida. I learned about environmental topics from news and documentaries, and I did some basic research while writing poems about Florida animals. I am not a scientist, just a retired elementary school teacher who cares about the environment.
It’s a big world! Please feel free to provide additional information from your experiences and perspective in the comments. Thank you. 🙂