“All God’s Creatures Got A Place In The Choir”

via Daily Prompt: Creature

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Folk singer/songwriter Bill Staines wrote “All God’s Creatures Got a Place in the Choir.” I love the song because it’s theme is a plea to value all living things, all animals, insects, birds, and so on. We all have our place, and we all have purpose, and we all have true value.

The photo is of a Black Cockatoo. Of the five species of Black Cockatoos – Baudins, Carnaby’s, South-Eastern Red, and the Kangaroo Island Glossy, are all on the endagngered list. Only the Yellow Tailed is not endangered. I shouldn’t have to write that anything is on the endangered species list, let alone four of the five species of Black Cockatoo. The main threat to the birds is habitat loss. They nest in the hollows of older trees, and land clearing has deeply affected them. They are long living (50 yrs in the wild), the females lay and nurture one egg, and the chick takes up to three months before taking flight. So they’re not in a hurry nor are they prolific breeders, which makes them vulnerable.

State depts responsible for wildlife are taking action to prevent loss, and the WWF (in conjunction with Birds Australia) are working to educate and prevent loss. So it is not all bleak, but much more needs to be done. They are unique to Australia, and they are beautiful creatures in their own right.

I know the answer, but I find myself often asking “How did we ever let it get to this?” We need to turn the tide everywhere of every endangered species. They’re all in the choir!

A Place In The Choir

Paul,

pvcann.com

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Filed under bush walking, Country, environment, nature

22 responses to ““All God’s Creatures Got A Place In The Choir”

  1. Thank you for the picture. I’d never seen or heard of a black cockatoo – and I’m a lover of all sorts of birds!

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  2. It is disconcerting that some choose to ignore the true value of our planet for their short term gains.

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  3. What a beautiful bird!

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  4. I remember having to sing this song in the fifth grade as the only male alto.

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  5. They were created with a space in nature which we snatched from them.

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  6. Love the song and the bird, thanks for sharing!

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