Nature Moments: Nature Therapy While Social Distancing
By Micah Moen
TV newscaster: Today the president faced questions after he touted a potential treatment for coronavirus that °Click° (of TV remote) [Loud cartoon noises.] [Sounds of pen scratching paper] Nat: Nutmeg, paprika, whoops, oregano [Dusting sounds] Music: Vivaldi’s “Spring” [Birdsong] Nat: Whoa Whoa Instead of sitting inside worrying about coronavirus. I should be listening to bird music and appreciating the small things like spring flowers and mosses and lichens Now I actually have the time to watch how a leaf unfurls or try to catch a frog— or find their eggs. One thing you can do is, um, oh, there’s a chickadee over there, put up a bird feeder and and learn your birds. Another thing you can do, if you’re impatient for spring flowers, is to cut something like a forsythia, and bring it in and put it in water and wait about two weeks. You can start this even in January. Two weeks later: Magic. And here’s an idea of something to do in nature with your children and grandchildren: A nature bingo scavenger hunt. If you live in a city, there’s nature all around you: gulls, pigeons, weeds. They may seem commonplace but if you look closely, they’re fascinating. You don’t even have to go outside to find nature. Take a look at the fascinating insects and plants in your own house And one of their many nice things about going out in nature is that you don’t have to worry about social distancing. So treat yourself to some nature therapy. For ideas of what to look for each week of the year in your own backyard, check out Nature Moments on the Bowdoin College and Maine Audubon websites. Be well, be safe.