Sunday, March 30, 2008

Many Happy Returns! 100 Year Celebration!

On March 15th, while out for an afternoon ski in the Eldred King Forest tract, I heard the distinctive 'gronk, gronk' call of the raven. I searched the tree-latticed sky, but couldn't find the source of the sound. Giving up, I once again looked the trail, and continued on my way, grateful of the opportunity to at least re-confirm the presence of this species. Moments later, I heard overhead the rattle of wingbeats, and saw not one, but two ravens passing over head. They spoke to one another along their travels as ravens do, and I could only guess at the meaning of their conversation.
It was, for me, a momentous event, filled with hopeful magic. Deluged as we are with dreadful tales of fallen forests and species driven to extinction, it is a privilege to be a witness to the ravens comeback.
It has been a 100 years since the ravens have been counted in the York Regional Forests; let's celebrate their return!
"Raven makes first appearance in 100-plus years at bird count" (article by the Georgina Chronicle)


Anna said...

That is very interesting story. I was not aware of this, however, I am still haveing hard time to distinguish from crow and raven. BTW thank you for your recent visit to my blog neighbour. Anna :)

kaslkaos said...

Ravens are much larger than crows, but there are some very big crows around. I identify by the sound. Crows do the familiar "caw, caw" sound. Ravens make a variety of low noises that sound like "gronk, gronk", "goink" and "grack!", plus something that sounds like a stacatto note on a piano key "pic". Hope you hear them soon.

Anna said...

Thanks for the info, it may come handy. I will then listen for it. Thanks again, Anna :)

Michelle (artscapes) said...

This is a truly beautiful homage to "Raven". You have the hands of an artist and the heart of a poet.

Thanks for visiting my blog! I love to find new and exciting work and to see into the inspirations of others....

kaslkaos said...

Thanks so much for compliments, Michelle. Coming from a master painter as you are, I'm humbly blushing. I'll be visiting your blog often as it is beautiful.

Anonymous said...

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This is Kim Chan from Neopost. Randy gave me your website. I am totally amzed , but not surprised. You always struck me as a very creative person.

I love this picture of the Ravens, it is very interesting.

I have been here at work reading your blog since I got here, I find it quiet interesting.

Thanks you for sharing your alent with the world.

Take Care,


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