This week, we see the story of the dying geese in our paper.
The story of our Canada Goose, struggling for its life, trying to find food, only to be met with frozen land and water.
While writing the story, I got a little bit involved myself, and I joined some people in their hunt for the starving birds.
And we found some, sitting on the ocean's edge, baring the freezing cold temperatures and winds, with no hope in sight.
The small flock of geese, no more than 10 animals, sat on the waters edge looking out at the ocean.
I can't for the life of me figure out why such a small population of birds would sit out in the open, freezing, staring out at the ocean, rather than sheltered by the trees.
We contemplated for a while on what we were seeing, and struggled with our flashlights to see what was laying next to them.
A dead bird.
What we thought was a junk of snow, was indeed a dead goose. From where it was, it looks like it fell asleep and never woke up.
I know we are having one of the harshest winters in recent memory, but is this common? Have we seen our birds in similar situations in previous years?
Some speculate that some geese never fly south, and stay around all winter, but we do know the majority of them do.
Some speculate the recent warm weather fooled them into coming back to early.
The harshness of our winter has taken its toll on all of us, humans, vegetation and our wildlife.
Unfortunately, such is nature.
Most considering these circumstances to be a sin, and wish that us as humans could do more, but unfortunately, Mother Nature has other plans.
It is too bad that these things touch the hearts of so many people, and yet we are told that this is life, this is nature.
Nature certainly sucks sometimes.