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Everybody! Everybody is talking! As a result of shelter-in-place, my neighbors are reporting sightings of wildlife in their backyards. Coyotes! Owls! Raccoons! Oh my! People say on the neighborhood blog these sightings are unusual occurrences. However, I am wired differently. Inconsistent to their belief, what I see is convergent evolution.
Definition: In evolutionary biology, convergent evolution is the process whereby organisms not closely related (not monophyletic), independently evolve similar traits as a result of having to adapt to similar environments or ecological niches." Source: Science Daily"
Protecting our environment challenges us to look more closely and be more observant about animal and human behavior. The truth is, wildlife has always been around. Perhaps, humans in neighborhood communities have been so busy running around, talking, texting, exercising, making money, and traveling to unusual or different places, they weren't home long enough to notice wildlife and humans coexist on purpose. "Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity." ---Sigmund Freud
Together we, as humans gather our food, our thoughts, possessions, family and friends closer when there is a crisis. If you travel anywhere in the world and see vacant land of a previous civilization, you will notice remnants of a previous species. You really never leave a place you love. Part of it you take with you; part of it you leave behind. Land has a way of reverting back to a wild state. "Take time to gather up the past so that you will be able to draw from your experience and invest them in the future." ---Jim Rohn
I always loved to travel and meet new people. Last year I was at a Bed & Breakfast in Austin, where I stayed for several consecutive years when attending a REALTORS® Convention. The owners and I became good friends. As it turned out, I was their last customer. They sold the B&B, moved, and retired. I was reading one of their books before breakfast, "Cooked" by Michael Polland about a 'Natural History of Transformation.' As I bid them farewell and we hugged goodbye, they were kind enough to let me have the book. They were getting rid of personal possessions and minimizing material goods. Foreshadowing? I started following in their path; however, I still have work to go and like everyone else, I'm learning. What would Michael Polland say? "There has been progress towards seeing that nature and culture are not opposing terms, and that wilderness is not the only kind of landscape for environmentalists to concern themselves with." Yes! I'm learning as if my life depends on it. Evolution IS Coevolution. We are all entering uncharted territory and it helps to start in the kitchen. About what seems like a thousand years ago to me, I was taught, we are what we eat. Chew on that... Patricia Feager