Rocky’s ordeal made her well-known, for she was the owl that was found in the 75 foot-tall Rockefeller Christmas tree. Poor Rocky survived a trip that spanned 170 miles from Oneonta, New York to New York City. For three days, Rocky had no food or water. It was amazing that Rocky survived the trip injury free. In fact, the reason this Northern Saw-whet Owl was named Rocky was due to her strength.
Many animals also endure Rocky’s ordeal when their habitat is destroyed. If there is a nest in a pine tree, it will fall when the tree is cut. Those beautiful birds will not be born. The adult birds flee and must find another home in the forest. Unfortunately, our feathered friends live in a world where there habitat is diminishing. We need to plant more trees for our own good, not only for the animals. Since trees purify the air that we breathe, they keep us healthy. In a world surrounded by pollution, trees cleans the Earth of impurities.
Surely, some trees must be cut to create homes and buildings– just to name a few examples. However, pine trees should not be cut just for a showy holiday display. Even though the Rockefeller Christmas tree is s holiday wonder, I still think that a huge artificial tree should replace it. When I see the Rockefeller Christmas tree, I feel sad knowing that several animals lived in that tree and lost their home. I think the conifer should have remained in the woods purifying the air and also adding a touch of magic to the forest.
Trees are very valuable resources that should be conserved. They hold the keys that open the doors to save our planet from further damage due to global warming. If we do not take action now, future generations will inherit a planet that is even more polluted than the world we live in now. We should be planting more trees than we cut down.
Rocky’s ordeal shows us how much she loved her home. Pine trees are very valuable for Northern Saw-whet Owls. They make their homes and nests in conifers. Since Northern Saw-whet Owls hide in the pine trees, it is hard to see them. In fact, Northern Saw-whet Owls camouflage themselves when they sense danger and blend on with a tree branch. Poor little Rocky was hiding and that is why she was undetected.
Rocky, who captured the attention of the world, has a distinct characteristic like all female Northern Saw-whet Owls. Females are larger than males. The average weight of a female Northern Saw-whet Owl is 100 g; the male weighs 75 g. As one of the smallest birds in North America, Northern Saw-whet Owls are also one of the cutest species of owls.
With her large eyes shaped like two golden spheres, Rocky’s eyes certainly mesmerized bird lovers. Those eyes are much more than just striking. Northern Saw-whet Owls have the gift of powerful vision in addition to many other gifts. They have excellent eyesight at night, which enables them to hunt their prey. Since they eat rodents and deer mice as well as other pests, Northern Saw-whet Owls are very beneficial to the environment.
Unfortunately, Northern Saw-whet Owls are threatened in North Carolina and one of the main reasons is excessive logging. Not only do trees need to be planted in North Carolina, more trees need to planted in every single US state. This will help clean our nation of harmful pollutants and have more crystal clear window views without all that smog.
The Northern Saw-whet Owls, that are endangered in North Carolina, endure Rocky’s ordeal. If more pine trees are planted, they can be saved. They are just as special as Rocky and deserve to have a healthy habitat, so they will be able to thrive.
In a world where more trees are cut than planted, do you really believe that pine trees should be a part of our holiday decor? Well, I believe that Christmas should be a celebration of Mother Nature instead.