If you’ve ever thought that one person can’t make a difference, 40,000 bluebirds happen to disagree with you!

When he retired in the 1970s, Al Larson turned his attention towards the sky. Or, well, the birds who fly through it. After reading about the plight of the bluebirds and their declining numbers, he got to work to build them homes to keep their young safe. Now, at the age of 97 and over 350 nest boxes later, it doesn’t appear he’s slowing down!

This is someone who can show us a lot about the impact we each can have.

Image: bluebird sitting on a tree limb

Western bluebird
Source: Pixabay

The Birdman of Idaho!

The thing about Al Larson is that he’s a so-called “self-taught conservationist”. He didn’t go to university to learn about birds. No, he simply cared about them, knew that nesting boxes helped them survive (due to the decreasing number of trees they would typically nest in), and knew that he was more than capable of putting up a few boxes.

But then those few boxes became a few hundred and suddenly, Al was known as the Bluebird Man of Idaho. He monitors the boxes, collecting much-needed data about egg and hatchling numbers that he then gives to universities and really, anyone who requests it.

“I’m gratified to know that I’ve helped the bluebirds increase their populations. I’m gratified to know that through the work I’ve done I’ve inspired many many other people to help not only bluebirds but other creatures as well.” — Al Larson

Great Big Story introduces us to Al in this wonderful short video!

Great Big Story is one of those channels whose work never fails to leave us amazed at how awesome this world is. They highlight stories that often go missed. Through their lens, we get to meet people, like Al, who are making a difference, learn about fantastic cultural traditions, the secret lives of animals and explore this entire world in ways we could never have without their work. Thank you, Great Big Story!

If you’d like to check out more of their great work, check out their YouTube channel and give them a follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

We can each make a difference!

Whatever it is that you enjoy or feel the calling to do, the world needs you to pursue it. If everyone was doing the same thing, we wouldn’t get very far, would we? Your unique interest is just as important as the next person’s.

Here are a few stories that really prove this!

Stories of One Person Changing the World for Many

Be inspired by these stories of individuals making a HUGE difference in the world by exploring this circle!

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If you’d like to learn a little more about Al and his journey, here’s another wonderful documentary all about him. It’s about 30 minutes long and really gets you excited about staying active and pursuing your interests throughout life!

Want to hear the stories of more amazing birds?

Boy, do we have some articles for you! We’ve celebrated everything from the birds that can sound like a chainsaw, ones with a horn growing out of their heads, who hold the title of “fastest animal in the world”, and even one who eats bones. Here are three of my personal favorites but you really should check out our full bird circle!

8 minutes

A Bird that Sings Like a Dog… And a Camera?

Have you ever heard the song of the lyrebird? These strange birds take the sounds of dogs, cameras, chainsaws, and other birds to create their mating calls!

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(This is my mom’s favorite article!)

7 minutes

Meet a Living Dinosaur: The Giant Cassowary

Is it possible to find a living dinosaur in some far off corner of the globe? It is if you count the extraordinary, enormous bird called a cassowary!

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25 minutes

You’re Probably More Like a Crow than You Thought

These birds probably live near you, but have you ever noticed just how intelligent they are? No? Well, you’re in for a treat.

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Want more? Here’s that circle:

Birds of A Feather, Read this Circle Together!

Explore the fascinating world of birds in this collection of articles!

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Stay open to new possibilities!

  • Sam

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” —Albert Einstein 

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  1. Great Big Story. “The Birdman of Idaho Has Built Homes for Over 40,000 Bluebirds.” YouTube, Great Big Story, 25 July 2019, www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRw-D_Nw9t8&feature=youtu.be. Accessed 29 Aug. 2019.
  2. Bluebird Man – A Film by Wild Lens. “Bluebird Man – Al Larson Bluebird Recovery Documentary.” YouTube, Wild Lens, 12 Apr. 2017, www.youtube.com/watch?v=fg7vnYDu_U8. Accessed 29 Aug. 2019.

Sam has written and edited hundreds of articles since joining the EWC team in 2016. She writes about topics from the wonders of nature to the organizations changing the world and the simple joys in life! Outside of the EWC office, she’s a part-time printmaker, collector of knick-knacks, and taster of cheeses.