What a great day for LBI.
Today “Blue Bonnet,” the sole offspring of Jo Durt and BridgeBoy of Bonnet Island, turned four weeks old so was ready to receive her green and black band. Now and forever “BD-88,” she’ll proudly wear the ring on her leg for life. Banding has been a critical tool in the decades of effort that have gone into recovering the Peregrine Falcon from zero pairs to the dozens we now have nesting in New Jersey.
With the exception of a huge thanks to Kathy & Ben, and most of all, the NJ DOT and their consultants at Parsons Brinckerhoff: Most especially, Tina Shutz, Tara Bencivenga, and Steve Balzano. No… forget that. Thanks to everyone working on that bridge.
On the one hand, it doesn’t take much to avoid destroying the lives of endangered Peregrine Falcons when doing critical roadwork. On the other hand, it takes a lot. It takes thoughtfulness, caring, effort, and perseverance. The fact that such a massive project as the rebuilding of The Causeway could factor in this one pair of birds and produce such a positive outcome is a story whose hopefulness could not be overstated.
What an acknowledgement that we indeed do share the planet with other creatures, whose needs have zero things to do with our own, that they are worthy of respect and humane treatment, that we can craft solutions for living together, that we can both build bridges for our convenience and benefit the animals at the same time…
This is a victory of imagination and will. Those things are so scarce in this world full of cheap excuses and quick fixes. Who would of thought the NJ DOT could be so inspiring? Who would have thought their skill and their integrity would set the standard of what we should be desperately trying to aspire to?
Thank you. And heads up: the new nature trail and overlook at Bonnet Island is having its ribbon cutting imminently. I believe it will be Wednesday, the 27th around 10AM. What a treasure that’s going to be.
And what a perfect to place to watch Blue Bonnet when she learns she was born to fly from that Tower.