The Adam Function

“The LORD God formed out of the ground every living animal of the field and every bird of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them, and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.” Genesis, Chapter 2, Verse 19.

It seems to be in our DNA. This desire to name things. The Adam Function (Eve, too!). The drive to know begins with the need to name. But it does not end there.

Adam and Eve begin their quest for knowledge by appending a name to a thing such as an Eastern Winter Wren, or a Song Sparrow, or a White-throated Sparrow (shown in the photos below). The name opens the gate to the path of discovery. How long has this bird species existed? Where did it migrate from? Where is it going? Why does it sing? We pose an endless stream of questions and are driven by a need to know the answers.

Answers come by study, and study by collecting information. Today I joined other citizen scientists under the auspices of a bird bander at Prairie Ridge Eco-Station in Raleigh. I removed a tiny Field Sparrow from a mist net and held it my large hand. That bird was among many others which were captured, banded, weighed, analyzed, and released. Adams and Eves doing what Adams and Eves do.

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“So the man named all the animals, the birds of the air, and the living creatures of the field…”   Genesis, Chapter 2, Verse 20.



About birdingatbond

I love birding! And I live near Fred G. Bond Metro Park in Cary, NC.
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