The price of being a bird conservationist

Many years ago one of my non-birding friends tried to help me to get my life sorted. One of the ‘lessons’ he taught me, and what many of my current friends would argue with, to get rid of all the negative things from my life. Keep or move away from people with toxic souls, stop listening news on media. I immediately questioned him, but tried reducing negative news to reach me. Suddenly, it worked. And it worked better and better, day by day.

However, I couldn’t completely exclude negative things from my life, simply because I’m addicted to the conservation of birds. In our time being a bird conservationist of any level is one of the most challenging activities. To do it right we have to be emotionally connected to birds and the whole ecosystem. And it is a ‘Catch 22’. State of birds reports are emerging weekly, more and more bird species are in the brink of extinction, less and less money is available to avoid the irreversible processes. We are touched emotionally every day, yet we keep fighting.

If we count the number of issues waiting for being solved and the success stories in bird conservation up to date, we see huge differences. Yes, issues are more frequently coming up than success stories. Still, those success stories give us power not to stop fighting. Fighting means we have to let negative news in our life. Somehow they are different from those we see on news channels about wars, murders, corruption, global warming, lies or who know what else.

I dedicate this post to Everyone who cares about wildlife. Should he or she be a celebrity standing out for birds, a scientist, an ex-hunter who works as a ranger against poachers, a volunteer or a simple parent who teach his or her child not to hate, but respect wildlife and Everyone in between!


I’m happy to be have nature loving kids with equipped with tenderness and sensitivity towards our feathered friends. © Gyorgy Szimuly



One thought on “The price of being a bird conservationist

  1. One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds….An ecologist must either harden his shell and make believe that the consequences of science are none of his business, or he must be the doctor who sees the marks of death in a community that believes itself well and does not want to be told otherwise.
    –Aldo Leopold

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