This funny photo of a Black-capped Chickadee checking out a decorative nestbox was taken by Clare of Richmond, B.C. The chickadees ending up nesting in the box. Unlike many decorative boxes, this one is not too deep, and does open from the top for monitoring and cleaning.
This spectacular close up of a Black-capped Chickadee was taken by Judy Derry of NY, using a Canon S31S. She actually took the shot through a window. She had placed black oil sunflower seeds on the outside window sill, and the chickadee landed on the bush just outside.
You cannot begin to preserve any species of animal unless you preserve the habitat in which it dwells. Disturb or destroy that habitat and you will exterminate the species as surely as if you had shot it. So conservation means that you have to preserve forest and grassland, river and lake, even the sea itself. This is vital not only for the preservation of animal life generally, but for the future existence of man himself—a point that seems to escape many people.
-Gerald Durrell, The Nature Conservancy
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