Nearly 47 years have passed since the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, and the annual event has grown into the largest civic celebration in the world heralded simultaneously around the globe.
Considered by many as the birth of the modern environmental movement, Earth Day provides a wonderful opportunity for people from all walks of life to pause for a moment to appreciate the natural world.
The unsurpassed beauty of a magnificent South Texas sunrise elicits a profound reverence for nature, and you are reminded that there is nothing more important than the environment that sustains us…the air we breathe, the water we drink and the native plants and animals that share our planet.
And there is no better time than the present to step outside and experience breathtaking natural wonders.
At this moment, one of the most remarkable migrations in the world is taking place here in the Rio Grande Valley as colorful migratory songbirds traverse the Gulf of Mexico landing amidst vestiges of coastal habitat to refresh and refuel before winging it north to their breeding grounds.
Colorful wildflowers are abundant this spring in southernmost Texas, and you just can’t help but slow your pace for a moment and savor their myriad hues.
Along the remnant woodlands of the Rio Grande an Altamira oriole is putting the finishing touches on her marvelous hanging basket of a nest. While, this buff-bellied hummingbird is incubating her eggs in the exquisitely woven nest she has created.
There is always something to admire and be thankful for in the South Texas outdoors, and every day should be Earth Day as the more we appreciate our environment the more inclined we will be to take care of our shared natural heritage.