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Snowy Survival

Snowy Survival

As I was looking out our picture window this morning at yet another snowstorm, I gave thanks for the birds inhabiting our back yard. We have several varieties, but cardinals are my favorite. The males stand out like bright red rubies in the snow-covered bushes.

Cardinals are remarkable birds because they don’t migrate for the winter. We’ve had a couple of tough ones here in central Ohio — snow, ice, and wind chills at 20 below zero. Despite the bitter conditions, they continue their vibrant songs. Did you know that the pitch at which birds chirp is the ideal frequency for plant growth? And we thought they were just talking to each other.

Even more wondrous are the Robins. They have always flown south for the winter, and their return cheerfully marked the beginning of spring. Our Robins have stayed around the last few winters, which is puzzling. I’ve heard different theories as to why this is happening. One possibility is that they’re re-adjusting to the change in the earth’s magnetic field. I’ve also read that our winter Robins may actually have migrated from further north. Seems to me they’d prefer Florida’s weather to Ohio, but when I think about what my brother is experiencing in Minnesota, I guess Ohio looks pretty darn good.

Those who study energy medicine know that red is the color of our root chakra, the major energy center concerned with survival. A healthy root chakra helps us stay grounded and know we are safe, no matter what comes our way. As I look at these extraordinary birds known for their red coloring, I think of the intense root chakra strength needed to survive the winter. We could learn something from these beings. This country has been going through some tough winters – literally and metaphorically. We are all bracing against the winds of change. Illuminating the darkness can be frightening, but healing can’t begin until the wound is identified. If Robins have chosen to stay in the midst of blizzard conditions, I think we can too. If they can survive, so can humanity.

We can all help one another through the process, whether it is through a kind word, a smile or speaking the truth even when others don’t want to hear it. Let’s not forget the wildlife going through this time with us. Robins are adjusting to their new winter home, just as we are working through our changes. They need fresh water and food – especially fruit. Taking care of them opens your heart chakra and strengthens your own roots.

Please share your tips on helping life in your area – whether it is a Robin or dear friend.

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Susan Wagner

Dr. Susan Wagner is a board certified veterinary neurologist whose pioneering work acknowledges the bioenergetic interaction between people and animals. She is an advocate for change in the area of interpersonal violence and animal cruelty, and works toward a greater understanding surrounding the health implications of the human-animal bond. Dr. Wagner is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University Veterinary College, a Level IV Healing Touch for Animals practitioner and co-author of Through A Dog’s Ear.


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2:47PM PDT on Oct 24, 2010

Read, thank you Susan.

11:40AM PDT on Jul 9, 2010

Do you have more information on Robins (my favourite bird)?

4:59PM PDT on Jul 3, 2010

Cardinals and robins are special gifts from God, thank you!

2:09AM PDT on Jun 26, 2010

that's a beautiful bird!

1:29PM PDT on May 29, 2010

Gorgeous animals.
Thanks for the article.

8:26AM PDT on May 3, 2010

So inspirational... Sing, no matter how cold it's around you. Making the best of the winter. I love it!

3:32PM PDT on Apr 26, 2010

I try to feed the birds from my balcony, and if you feed them jelly (yes jelly!) they will fly inches away from your hand!

7:44PM PDT on Apr 20, 2010

Pinecones covered in peanutbutter and sprinkled with seeds make healthy ornaments for an outside tree. A tree is a great feeding station for the birds. We also save our dryer lint and hang it on the branches in netted onion bags for nest building. The birds are easily able to take the nesting material from the bags,

8:01PM PDT on Apr 13, 2010

I would love to have cardinal in our area.

2:13PM PDT on Mar 31, 2010


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