People have been asking about the bird ball posts. “Where are they, Dan?” Well, I have one today, and despite my normal practice of not trying to send a social message, the reason I has taken this long to get the photos, leads me toward such a message. There aren’t any bugs for the birds to eat because the fields have been sprayed.
In the last year that I was walking Maddie, I had to almost keep her constantly on the paved paths in the park, because the fields and the areas between the fields were routinely being sprayed with pesticides. Dogs can absorb chemicals through the pads on their paws, so I had to keep her off the grass. Maybe that’s why she liked visiting the children’s park – they didn’t spray there.
As I walk now, I see so many plush green lawns with no critters and no birds. There’s nothing to eat. According to a study at Cornell University, we have lost 3 billion birds since 1970. In the past twenty years, we’ve lost 25% of the insect population.
OK, I’m off the soapbox.
“Let’s play bird ball!”
There’s a regular gallery below the daily interruption from our marketing department. Below that is an oldie that seems appropriate today.
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