I can’t remember the last time we had a whole day during which it didn’t rain. We got an hour of partial clouds a few days ago — early in the morning. By noon, it was dark, grey, and raining.

It’s not cold. This is the kind of weather we usually get in April, not January. If it were normal temperatures for this time of year, we’d be getting snow and ice, not rain. Warm rain? In January? Maybe a day or two, but weeks of it?

One of the headlines of the Boston Globe was that we have had more rain this year than has ever been recorded and there’s no end in sight. All of this is following a drought which lasted almost a decade. It wasn’t as severe as the California drought, but the rivers ran dry and the fish died. The swans took flight and presumably went to wherever they could find water and something edible.

The thing is, most people — even people with whom I mostly disagree on pretty much every topic — are worried about the climate. Despite that, nothing is being done to fix it.

Let’s for a moment assume that it’s not too late to make repairs. Almost everyone agrees that we should do something except no one wants the inconvenience or disruption change will cause. What is being done is often causing more harm that good — cutting down the last woodlands to put in solar panels or wind turbines. All the little creatures that lived in those wood will die. Maybe the bears will move on, probably to anywhere they can find a few acres of trees, but the small creatures who have to run on their little short legs? Woodchucks, gophers, rabbits. Squirrels — red and gray — and flying squirrels. Even foxes and bobcats have less and less food to eat. I see far fewer hawks than I did. There are more predators than prey because so little land is available.

Birds are dying by the millions. I feed them and feel a deep sense of obligation to keep feeding them, even as the price of food keeps rising and the money we get for “retirement” shrinks. What will happen when I’m not here?

The world for birds is fragile. With each destruction of even a small woodland, it gets worse. We have lost more than 50 billion birds over the past 50 years. In other words, more than one billion birds every year. The rate of loss is not diminishing. Dozens have “officially” gone extinct, though for all practical purposes, they’ve been extinct for a long time.

Worse, people’s objections to having their world disturbed is the only thing politicians hear. They don’t hear people clamoring for change. They don’t want to hear it.

What politicians hear is the tired old lament: “Not in MY backyard.” As far as they are concerned, they are exactly where they want to be — doing nothing while declaring “climate change” is not “real.”

Meanwhile, the rain keeps falling. Our earth is all grit and mud. Wild growth has changed so much I don’t recognize most of the plants growing. I let my lawn grow long and don’t cut down hedges and tall bushes because we know birds nest there. Our huge forsythia hedge houses dozens of birds and nests.

I keep hoping that really, there’s something happening “out there” in the world and it’s so secret, it hasn’t hit the news. That’s what I want. If you want to argue that the speed of climate change is slower than it seems to be and that whatever it is we are doing — which as far as I can tell is nothing — will work, fine. But don’t tell me it isn’t happening because it obviously, blatantly, IS happening.

Just look out a window. Your eyes do not deceive you. It’s flooding or burning, or raining. There’s nothing “normal” about it. And until we do something to change it? It will never be normal. If we wait a little longer, it will be too late. I worry that it is already too late.

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  1. A little snow, lots of rain and ICE IS TAKING OVER… That’s what the winter weather is like here in Central Maine and it was much the same last year. Many of our birds no longer linger here and barely a monarch butterfly was seen during 2021. 😗 Fields that once harbored abundant mikweed for the monarchs are being turned into solar fields and even woodland areas are being cleared for more solar installations by the utility companies and investors can reap even more profits… It all seems ridiculous! All so sad…

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    • I haven’t seen a single butterfly in at least a year. It is depressing. We are getting your birds. Actually, because we have a lot of woods and it isn’t getting terribly cold (and I feed them — probably the most important item on their agenda), everything hangs around. The grackles come and go. They were back today. I gave them a full feeding yesterday, so I didn’t today. When it’s this miserable out, the flat feeder is a waste of time. It just gets all sodden and disgusting. IF it isn’t frozen solid or covered in snow, I’ll try tomorrow. It has been miserable here for weeks. We get an hour of of half-sun, then endless rain. Drizzle to heavy downpours — everything is constantly wet. Our gates are rotting.

      I think they concept of clearing woodlands to put up solar panels is incredibly stupid. Kill the birds and animals so we can help the utility companies make more and more money.

      Sad, futile, and I’m not seeing a path forward, either.


  2. We have a few inches of snow here, but nothing major, despite “team news coverage” beginning on a bridge over the expressway reporting the storm of the year. A very cold day has set in, but we expect 40 by Wednesday. It is not typical January weather.

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    • We are supposed to get an inch or two tonight. The past week, it was in the 50s every day. Today it dropped into the 20s and it will be in the teens tonight, but I’m betting it will pop back up by the beginning of next week. I don’t mind the lack of ice and snow, but I mind the weird climate changes and the strange plants we are finding outside — not to mention the birds that used to live elsewhere all moving in. Next thing will be bears. They just keep cutting and cutting and cutting. Where do they think all the small furry things will go?

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  3. I share your concern that it may already be too late and I look at my very young grandkids and wonder what their world will be like.

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    • So we won’t have to limit our energy use, they are cutting down the woods for solar panels, I’m SURE those panels will be useless in a year or two, but the woods won’t grow back. Clear cutting means total destruction to the environment. It’s demoralizing and depressing.

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  4. We have had so much rain here in ireland too! We get a lot anyway, but since early december we’ve had lots of it!
    Its awful for all the birds, that so many trees are being cut down!
    I really feel for them! Xx

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    • it’s why I feed them, even when we are short of money. They would die without help. We live in one of the few areas that is still mostly green — but that’s just until the power companies decide to cut it all down. We only own a couple of acres. The rest of our woods is state land, so the utility companies are grabbing it. Worse, those solar panels are going to be outdated in very short order. I wish I could see some attempt to fix something, but I don’t. it’s depressing.

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  5. I hope it is not too late for our planet.

    Even the blindest of the naysayers must see what is before our eyes everywhere.

    If nothing else, the smallest effort will help us survive another day, another week, perhaps another year.

    This is no farfetched dream. It should be OUR goal in the new year.

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  6. You are such a mensch, Marilyn, and that goes for Garry, too. As for me, you know you’re preaching to the choir with this topic and post. Keep up your spot on stewardship of planet earth. Happy New Year to you and yours.

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    • I often think that pretty much my entire audience is a HUGE choir. But on the other hand, it makes it easier to write when you are pretty sure what you’re saying is what readers want to hear — or at least are willing to hear. I’ve never exactly encouraged people who have opinions I despise to linger. I don’t feel like arguing with them. It’s why I dumped Facebook. I want to write to and talk to people who understand what I’m getting at and whose opinions I want to hear.

      I try not to endlessly bang on the same subject, but the condition of the world terrifies me on a level I can’t even explain. I want to hope that something good is happening somewhere. I need that little dribble of hope. I suppose we all do because our lives are ongoing and it would be really nice if the world we love were here for our grandchildren.

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  7. I have to mention that, regardless of the changes in weather, which we are all experiencing to some degree, I love the 1st image by Garry. Nice composition and color. As many time as I’ve gone to this site with Marilyn and Garry, I’ve never seen it so well captured. Good job Bro!

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