Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 46

UP THE CREEK

Of Birds and Men

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BY KEN M. BLOMBERG

There are a few things in nature that
take my breath away. Birds in flight are on
top of that list. I marvel at their style and
grace as they fly by and wonder how they
manage the feat. Who among us has not
contemplated what it would be like to fly
like an eagle?
Seemingly lighter than air, a bird in
the hand weighs little of nothing. I've
had chickadees land on my palm to feed
on sunflower hearts. Hollow bones and
weightless feathers account for next
to nothing. The aerobatic hummingbird
weighs only three grams and flies like a
helicopter, flapping its wings at a rate of 70
times per second!

On the other end of the spectrum,
cranes, with eight foot wingspans, beat
theirs less than once per second. Painting
a mental image with words worthy of this
magnificent bird is not an easy task. If I
were an artist, they would most certainly
grace my canvas. To my eyes, their outer
primaries resemble fingers, feeling their
way across the sky.
With wings cupped and webbed feet
braced, a flock of geese coming in for
a landing can make a grown man look
for cover. Hawks and owls fly in silence,
hunting day and night respectively. During
late summer days, nighthawks zigzag just
above the treetops - fueling their bellies

with insects as they migrate south of the
border - on their wintering grounds in
South America, primarily Argentina.
Eagles soar below the clouds, seemingly
without effort, catching the waves of
updraft winds. Who cannot resist watching
as our national symbol passes by? And who
has not imagined hitching a ride as they
glide up and down river valleys?
Man's early attempts to fly involved
gliders, balloons and powered aircraft. In
1903, the Wright brothers made the first
sustained and controlled heavier-than-air
powered flight. The rest, as they say, is
history. The urge to fly in a plane has never
been strong for me. In fact, I avoided flying

EAGLES SOAR BELOW THE CLOUDS,
SEEMINGLY WITHOUT EFFORT,
CATCHING THE WAVES OF
UPDRAFT WINDS. WHO
CANNOT RESIST WATCHING
AS OUR NATIONAL SYMBOL
PASSES BY?

AND WHO HAS NOT IMAGINED
HITCHING A RIDE AS THEY GLIDE UP
AND DOWN RIVER VALLEYS?
©VTURIN S. AKA NEMO/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

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FOURTH QUARTER 2017



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017

From the President
Moving Forward with Workforce Development
Managing and Working in a Multi-Generational Workforce
Veterans in the Water Industry
New Online Database Provides Misleading Information for Tap Water Customers
WaterPro Rocks Reno
Finance: How to Start Saving for Retirement
Technology: Rural Water District Finds Effective GIS Support
Regulatory Update
A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider: Rita Clary, Kansas Rural Water Association
Up the Creek: Of Birds and Men
Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - intro
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - cover1
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - cover2
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 3
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 4
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 5
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 6
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 7
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 8
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 9
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 10
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - From the President
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - Moving Forward with Workforce Development
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 13
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 14
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 15
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - Managing and Working in a Multi-Generational Workforce
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 17
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 18
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 19
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 20
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 21
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - Veterans in the Water Industry
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 23
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 24
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - New Online Database Provides Misleading Information for Tap Water Customers
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 26
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 27
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - WaterPro Rocks Reno
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 29
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 30
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 31
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 32
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 33
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 34
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - Finance: How to Start Saving for Retirement
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 36
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - Technology: Rural Water District Finds Effective GIS Support
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 38
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 39
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 40
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - Regulatory Update
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 42
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 43
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 44
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider: Rita Clary, Kansas Rural Water Association
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - Up the Creek: Of Birds and Men
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 47
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 49
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - From the CEO
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