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Today’s Photo: Ospreys Find New Home

2013 August 27
Langley ospreys find new home, photo by Staff Sgt. Jarad A. Denton, July 22, 2013

Langley ospreys find new home, photo by Staff Sgt. Jarad A. Denton, July 22, 2013

Years ago, while rescuing an injured duckling from further harm, I was asked by an acquaintance, “What happened to letting nature take its course?” I understand that this is a valid debate, yet I quickly replied, “Do tell me, what does this parking lot full of cars have to do with nature?” The duckling lived many more days in the care of a rehabilitation center, thankfully, and I could sleep the nights following.

There is much about nature that isn’t pleasant, but it is nature’s way. There is also much about the exchange of resources and space between wildlife and humans that makes this increasingly challenging for the former. Luckily, many of us do our part to lend a helping hand when we can for those who cannot speak up for themselves. Today’s featured photo is an example of the U.S. Air Force doing exactly that, while preserving necessary human needs at the same time.

Thank you to Jarad Denton for today’s featured moment. Here’s more from him about his photo:

A fledgling osprey sits patiently in its nest on the waters of Langley Air Force Base, Va., as its mother prepares to fly off in search of food, July 22, 2013. Since 2001, the 1st Fighter Wing’s Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard Team has monitored and translocated several ospreys in an attempt to reduce the risk of bird strikes to aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jarad A. Denton/Released)

State of the Environment is open to pictures of our lives and planet as you see it. Individual scenes, taken together, build the larger picture of our environment today. Photos taken from 2011 until the end of 2013 may be submitted to on Flickr. All levels of photography experience and skill are welcome.

- Jeanethe Falvey, State of the Environment project lead, writes from EPA’s Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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