Most of the time it seems like we humans have managed to wall ourselves off from the environment pretty effectively. We have built sturdy houses, moved into towns and cities, and found any number of ways to hide out from nature. But every once in a while we catch glimpses of how the natural world has adapted to our ever isolating societies. Now and then we see some video of a bear pushing a dumpster around, or we read a story about urban coyotes. Cities often set up cameras of falcons that roost on buildings. Well, where I live we have a neighborhood rafter of turkeys.
They are a little reminder to me, that no matter how isolated I may feel from nature, it is always just outside my door. And for me that is a comfort. I like knowing that I can just get out there, and even in the city, I can find nature. That’s important to me.