BOC Presidents Message – Fall, 2014
“If I were to name the three most
precious resources of life, I should say books, friends and nature; and the
greatest of these, at least the most constant and always at hand, is nature.”
surprise and delight when hiking into “Sladsides” a cabin used by John
Burroughs, to find this wonderful quote! What a statement! I thought
immediately that I would use this for my message to the club. Can you
identify with Burroughs quote? I certainly can…and can vouch for the connection
of all three of the mentioned items!
Books: Do you remember your first field guide to the
birds? Was it a Peterson guide, or a Chandler Robbins’ “Golden Guide”? How many
field guides do you own now? (Of course this was prior to the digital era.)
What about books from the foremost nature writers: Henry David Thoreau, John
Muir, John Burroughs, Aldo Leopold, Edwin Way Teale, Hal Borland, Edward Abbey
to name a few. Their words and stories are still fresh and chocked full of meaning
and adventure to the nature lover.
Friends: Friends led me to B.O.C. and Hawk Mountain.
Friends helped me learn about birds…and many other facets of nature. Sharing
nature with friends of like interest is a truly a gift and creates wonderful
experiences, plus memories and friendships that last a lifetime!
Nature: Yes, nature is the constant to keep us
focused on the beauty and peace it can provide to anyone. Be it watching birds
from your window, or traveling the country or the world in search of birds and
that natural connection that those of us who appreciate it, revel in…This
constant is always at the ready. All you have to do is open your eyes and heart
the Burroughs quote and what it means to you.
I am sure you will agree with Burroughs…and me!
year of BOC programs and field trips is about to begin!
many excellent programs and trips on the agenda. Join us, please. One of the club goals is to increase our
membership, and get more interested people into our ranks. Encourage others to attend our meetings and
join the club. The new format for the
calendar should be easier to read and provide more information as well.
Also, one of the long term goals of BOC is planning for the
club’s 100th Anniversary in 2021.
This planning has begun and if you have an idea for this year of
celebration, please share it with the board.
The board will be looking for people to serve on anniversary committees
in the future.
on the horizon. The migration is already
underway. Point your wings in the
direction of Nolde on Friday, September 12th and join the flight as
the new season begins!
Kintner – BOC President