Raptor Wednesday

Brooklyn’s airspace can be crowded. On Raven Day, the subject of my last two posts, I watched a Red-tail Hawk and Common Raven chase each other. Another Red-tail joined the fray, but didn’t stay long. Sometimes the R chased the RT, sometimes the RT chased the R.Both birds were quite vocal: hoarse guttural calls from the raven, higher-pitched screeches from the hawk. The Raven really let go with the calls when the hawk was perched.

Marilynn Robison has an extraordinary essay in the June Harper’s on the necessity, for the wealthy, of poverty. “What really matters here is how people are valued; they are not valued sufficiently to sustain democracy.”

Speaking of democracy, there will be a rally for biodiversity at NYC City Hall this morning at 10. Organizers want the City Council to pass a resolution in support of a UN biodiversity agreement and to take action on local conservation issues.

2 Responses to “Raptor Wednesday”

  1. 1 Ellen Brys May 22, 2019 at 7:57 am

    Thank you for sharing the Harper’s essay. It made me think of the fact that low paid immigrant workers are blamed for taking low wages which supposedly drive wages down for all. Yet, none of those workers write their own paychecks. The owners of businesses are free to pay a better wage, but choose not to. No one seems to point this out, that I see.

    • 2 mthew May 23, 2019 at 7:23 am

      Great point!

      And of course you’ve noticed how the person who yells the most about immigrants exploits them at his golf courses.

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