The Broken Nest
Recently there was a mighty windstorm in our area. Living near the Columbia River Gorge, storms like these are a seasonal occurrence. While inspecting the damage caused to the evergreen trees in the yard, I discovered a robin’s nest that was soggy and broken on the ground. I was familiar with their craftsmanship as I have always been amazed at their ability to create such a masterpiece. I picked it up gently to keep as much of it intact as possible. The mud base had been cracked across the bottom, but the spherical shape still held. As I gingerly carried it, a sadness came over me for the birds who had worked so diligently in preparation. In the Pacific Northwest, we have residential thrushes all year. Moving here from the East Coast, I have a deeper appreciation for these birds as they were truly the harbingers of spring after the long snowy winters. There was always an urgency once they arrived to prepare for their new offspring. I was angry that the wind was powerful enough to knock the nest out of the branches of either a Western hemlock, or yellow cedar. Both tree’s canopy hung above the broken nest. As I carefully placed the dilapidated home of my feathered friends on the outdoor table to dry, I had a beautiful epiphany of our interconnectedness.
Humans are not that much different, creating a comfortable environment for our families to grow and flourish. We too, often experience the destructive powers of nature, having our families displaced to start over and rebuild. Both bird and man under such circumstances learn to overcome and adapt to these sudden changes. Perhaps this was the first time the parents built their nest together. Now they have learned to look for stronger branches, or building materials that will better support the load for their new beginnings. I was grateful to find no signs of any eggs or hatchlings, so the timing was couldn’t have been better. I know they will rebuild and create a stronger, more perfect home in preparation for what is yet to come. The great cycle of life will continue as both bird and man are better able to overcome the challenges of nature, like the broken nest. Neither bird nor man will stay idle under such circumstances. Both will learn a better way to ensure in the successful growth of what they know innately, is yet to come. ~ Lynn Clarke
I wrote this for dear friends of mine who began a movement at Ingenuity Innovation Center. They are looking for a new place to call home on the next phase of their journey. If you know of any opportunities that might be a fit for what they are looking for, please reach out and share. We all can contribute to the world we want to create.