Dr. Francis Collins, the currect Director of the NIH, is one of my heroes because he is both a top-notch scientist and a Christian. I like his perspective on dealing with opposing points of view: “One must dig deeply into opposing points of view in order to know whether your own position remains defensible. Iron sharpens iron.”
In this week’s Santa Clarita Outdoor Report, Wendy Langhans tells us more on the extirpation or local extinction of Gray Wolves in California, and the possible comeback with a “Day Tripper Wolf” known as OR7.
Earlier this week, as I was watering my potted plants on the front porch, I discovered a new resident had moved in. There, smack dab in the middle of my sage plant, I spotted a nest with two small eggs. Later, I saw a Mourning Dove sitting on the nest, her two brown eyes carefully watching my every move.
One of my favorite characters in “The Wizard of OZ” is the Cowardly Lion. I especially liked the forest scene where he successfully intimidated the Scarecrow and Tin Man, only to be slapped down by Dorothy when he chased after Toto. Obviously, the Cowardly Lion did not know when (and when not) to engage in competitive behavior.
Johann Strauss II composed his famous waltz, “Tales from the Vienna Woods” in 1868. However, our “tale” for this week has little to do with waltzing or the Strauss family. But it does have to do with music...specifically bird song...and research from the city of Vienna and its nearby Vienna Woods.