nature needs us

this is a purple martin bird house in a park near my house.

purple martins were nearly extinct. invasive birds* had crowded them out of their nesting sites. the species has made a resurgence because people started keeping artificial nesting sites for them. now 90% of purple martins nest in structures maintained by volunteers. what we do as individuals to help nature matters, every little bit adds up.

*introduced by someone who wanted all the birds mentioned Shakespeare to be in nyc central park!