On Thursday of the week just past, I had the privilege of releasing a red-shouldered hawk onto the grounds at The Episcopal Camp and Conference Center at Honey Creek. This was arranged through the joint efforts of the Honey Creek Volunteer Coordinator, Ms. Sandy Fowler, Ms. Linda Lamb, Chairperson of the Wild Garden Project, and Mr. Harry Jenkins, Associate Director of Honey Creek.
The hawk had been injured, but had been lovingly rescued and cared for by a group called SOS. They insisted that I bless this beautiful creature and release it in this creature-friendly place. So I drew a big breath, put on the gloves, and prayed for the bird and its caregivers. Amazingly, the bird sat still for this.
Bird rescue and release is not the only thing that Linda Lamb promotes. She would like you to plant native flowers and reclaim patches of land so the birds have a good place to live. You might wish to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out her website at www.wildgardenproject.com.
Peace be with you, and with all the wild birds that live in your garden.
The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek