Friday, May 6, 2011
The other morning as we were getting into the car, I heard the haunting sound of the loon as it flew over our house.
The loon, the beautiful black and white bird that graces the face of our loonie, a $1 coin, is a symbol of Canada’s north.
The loon is usually found in the lakes of Muskoka or Algonquin Park, three to eight hours away from our house.
For the last couple of years, I have heard the cry of the loon on Lake Simcoe and have been lucky enough to see it swim by us.
While the seeing – and hearing – the loon bring brings me joy and happiness, I am also sad. Why is the loon traveling so far south? Have we destroyed our majestic north and the birds now have come here? What can we do to ensure this wonderful creature thrives in this country?
And as I am so pathetic, I do not know how to get a YouTube video here. Instead, I am attaching a link that will direct you to a YouTube video so you can hear the sound of a loon yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ENNzjy8QjU