It seemed like muskrats were everywhere Friday morning. I missed out on getting pics of a couple doing a little frolicking in the water, but this one swam right past me.
I haven’t seen any yet this spring. This pic is from this time last spring, so any day now.
As the weather warms, I am seeing more great blue herons. Soon, the little blue herons and egrets will arrive, and if I’m lucky, I’ll get to see more ibis.
It seems like most of the time, crows are the ones doing the harassing, but this early spring morning, a blackbird decided he’d had just about enough.
While I have been hearing snow geese overhead, I haven’t witnessed any large groups at the wetlands. But, there are still plenty of geese! I did see some greater white-fronted geese in this mix.
It’s that time of year. Mammals are very busy getting ready for their young ones. I ran into a few deer and a very large beaver who seemed a bit dismayed that I was walking along the creek. I gave her space.
Find a field at sunrise on a winter morning and witness thousands of blackbirds heading out for the day.
The KDWPT recently authorized the use of artificial light and thermal imagining equipment to hunt coyotes at night. Yes, that’s right; they are going to do everything they can to wipe them out. There is no scientific evidence behind this, but there is plenty of ignorance and bloodlust. Looking at the minutes from the meeting, it is shameful how they spun this without offering any scholarly evidence to support it. I guess in the age of Trump, I should not be surprised by this kind of dishonesty. Not only did they admit they have no clue what the Kansas coyote population is, it takes a special kind of asshole to say, “…this did generate a certain amount of animal rights responses, most of those were why kill the coyote, driving into extinction and the general anti-consumption these groups provide. If commissioners get an email and it sounds like it is not from a Kansas resident, google it and it will show where they posted before where these people are into animal rights. Legitimate stakeholders who have contacted me, I only had one negative response…” (Lauber, 2020). I am a legitimate stakeholder and a Kansan who is not in favor of this, and I am not alone.
We are seeing quite a few juvenile ruby-throats now. After such a slow spring and summer, it is so good to see them jostling over the feeders!
The Climate Strike is a great tool to raise awareness, but among those walking out tomorrow in my hometown, the cognitive dissonance abounds. Animal agriculture is the number one contributor to climate change. Stop denying this and we might get somewhere.