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ner, sweetie,” and the robin, “Cheery- up, Cheery-up, Cherry-up.” How many of our aboriginal musician-an- cestors were  rst inspired to count beats and  nd the right tones by lis- tening to the birds in the spring or the high-pitched, tinny sound of a creek in winter? Robins, I learn on Google, have such acute hearing, they actual- ly listen for the worm under the soil. That’s why they tilt their heads, cock- ing an ear toward breakfast.
“Don tamed a red-tailed hawk,” Mrs. Priest says. “It would  y into the maple tree and Don would say, “Monsieur, Le Hawk is here for his supper.” He’d take raw chicken out to the porch and the hawk would come. The hawk seemed to sense that we would feed him.” Hawks have been tamed by people all over the world for millennia. In Outer Mongolia hawks are still used to help with hunting.
“The foxes could feed them- selves,” Mrs. Priest says. “The gray foxes had their babies here and they would play. They would come right up to us. They were not afraid because they were acquainted. Our children were grown. We didn’t have cats, dogs, gerbils, all those things you have when you have children. The wild animals and
birds were our pets.”
Don and Nancy Priest grew up as
readers of nature,  nding layers with- in layers of meaning in the sights and sounds of the woods, the changes in weather, the tracks of animals reveal- ing their unseen movements, the sub- tle changes in light from dawn to dusk, the way the air smells in winter off the lake, like cucumbers, and the way it smells in late fall, with the slightly winey sweetness of the autumn leaves.
Any child who has watched a squirrel build a nest high in the trees, carrying leaves and branches, and shaping the lining of the nest by lying in it and turning around, would choose that over TV. The marshland around Lake Leelanau is not only  lled with wildlife of all kinds, but  lters water that goes into the Narrows and eventually Lake Michigan.
Marshes are the most remote and untouched part of nature we still have. In winter, when everything freezes, one can visit these pristine places, usually on snowshoes or cross-country skis if there’s a deer trail, or even walking if things are safely frozen.
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