September 2014 Archives

Sam Houston Trail Park - Shorebirds!

September 28, 2014

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Thanks to recent mowing, I was able to access the west-side of the pond at Sam Houston Trail Park in Irving, TX this morning. The pond is drying up – creating a wonderful concentration of aquatic creatures for the the shorebirds to eat. These photos are as good as I can do. Positively identified:

  • American Avocet
  • Snowy Egret
  • Least Sandpiper
  • Stilt Sandpiper (pretty sure, not absolutely sure)
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Killdeer

I encountered a few more common birds, and just as I was leaving ran into a group of three Lark Sparrows to cap off the muddy morning.

Discourses of Society: Climate Change

September 27, 2014

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Aqueduct-as-garden outside the Mansion of Mazra'eh in Israel. November 2010.

A small group gathered at the Bahá'í Center of Irving last night in our second meeting on the discourses of society, reflecting on climate change. The first meeting in the series was too much of a slide-based lecture, so for this second one we chose two videos and facilitated an open discussion. The conversation was robust, heartfelt, and meaningful – yet in reflection, it raises some key questions about how to have a productive, spiritually-oriented conversation.

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