26 April 2018

Previous post, I briskly get myself from the bridge to the fish & chips stand: “Off the south end of the bridge, around & down & eastward along the seawall…”

Well, it wasn’t quite as brisk as all that.

The “around & down” part takes me past the Burrard Civic Marina, with its lock-ups for assorted local clubs. I see poster after poster along the chain-link fence, clearly the work of young people, and all on the same theme.

Eagles are nesting. Behave yourself.

I move poster to poster.

I’m struck by the passion of these young people — and by their conviction that there is such a thing as standards of civic behaviour, and that these high standards may be successfully evoked.

Struck, too, by the imagery.

I look around, spy what I assume must be an eagle nest.

And now, you and I, now we enjoy a little loop of time travel — because here I am again, a few days later, this time with a friend.

I’m showing her the posters, people are walking by with canoes …

and we fall into conversation with a woman about to enter the False Creek Racing Canoe Club lock-up.

Yes, she says, gesturing at the tree I noticed two days earlier, that is an eagle nest. In fact, it’s the nest that started this whole poster campaign by youth members of the FCRCC.

“There was a loud party one night right by that tree. The mother eagle abandoned the nest — they do that, if they’re disturbed. We think she’s made a new nest over there — [arm wave] — and it looks like the male eagle is now caring for this nest.”

We thank her, grateful for the back-story, impressed at the way someone in that Club turned the incident into something positive.

A lot of the signs urge us to do more than behave ourselves. It’s also our duty to make other people behave properly as well.

These kids are operating on more than passion & indignation. They’ve done their research. “Did you know?” Fourteen species of eagle; a wing span of 3.2 metres.

We keep reading. We are touched, impressed, uplifted by every sign we read.

And then there’s this one. This is the one that melts our hearts.

Shhhh, everybody. Shhhh.


    "Traveller, there is no path. Paths are made by walking" -- Antonio Machado (1875-1939)

    "The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes" -- Marcel Proust (1871-1922)

    "A city is a language, a repository of possibilities, and walking is the act of speaking that language, of selecting from those possibilities" -- Rebecca Solnit, "Wanderlust: A History of Walking"

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