Defenders of Wildlife

The Heron

The Heron
The Heron

The Heron

The Endangered Species Act is important to me because I never want to lose the beautiful species that have been put on this Earth. Each and every species on Earth is vital and essential for the health and beauty of our planet. We must preserve what has been given to us to protect. I have been very passionate about wildlife and wild places since I was a child. My mother taught me to respect everything from the bird flying overhead to the spider web in her flower garden.

I have always worked to protect wildlife and now do that in my career and my personal life. My first full-time job assured me of what I wanted to do with my life. I worked for 3 years as a full-time rehabilitator of wildlife. One of the best experiences I have had working with wildlife is when I was able to help a great blue heron. I know they aren't endangered, but they are very important to our rivers and the health of our fish in Ohio. This heron came in with a hook and fishing line in its neck. The vet was not sure how successful he would be in removing the hook and line without damaging anything. He was able to remove it and the bird healed under my care. He was released back onto the river where he came from. I had such a warm feeling looking at that majestic bird take off from inside the pet carrier. He was free once again.

I want to be able to see these birds and other specimens free from hunting, persecution, and abuse in their own environment. I want my nieces and nephews and future children to be able to see songbirds coming in from their migration, to see herons when they are fishing. to see bats flying around at night, and to see wolves when they go to Yellowstone. These species make life worth living for me; that each and every day I can see a new bloom on a flower, a Cooper's hawk hunting birds at my feeders, and see bats at dusk. Life would not be the same without these animals. They help us emotionally but also keep our air, water, and soil healthy. Please help save the Endangered Species Act so that these animals are protected for our futures.

Thank-you,

Donna Lewis
Beavercreek, Ohio

 

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