The Power of Community

We all need community – a place where we feel safe and supported.

Belonging to a group gives us a sense of identify and higher purpose. There is power in the understanding that we are part of something bigger than ourselves. Our religious community lifts our spirit through fellowship; in a support group, we meet others who have been through, and understand, our struggle. Nineteen years ago, feeling battered and broken, I walked into a 12-step room. A sign on the wall said “You are not alone”. An hour later, I walked out with a pocket full of phone numbers…and hope.

So I wondered…do birds and wildlife thrive in communities?

I turned to Google to find out. Well, what do you know?  Oxford University released a report today on the social networks of birds. Male birds that exhibit ‘shy’ social behavior are much more likely to join flocks of birds with a similar personality than their bold male counterparts, The research team found that birds of a feather do indeed flock together.

White ibis in flight, Loxahatchee Nature Refuge

Flock of white ibis in flight, Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge

Here are a few communities of birds:

A group of black-bellied whistling ducks

A brace of black-bellied whistling ducks

A flock of Caribbean flamingos Flamingo Gardens

A flock of Caribbean flamingos

Shorebirds look to sea, John D MacArthur Beach State Park

Group of shorebirds, John D MacArthur Beach State Park

Roseate spoonbill community bath

Roseate spoonbill and white ibis community bath

Birds of a feather gather at a tree

Birds of a feather gather beneath a tree at Flamingo Gardens

We are all social animals, seeking meaningful connections. Find your community and know you belong.

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