Apr. 21st, 2009

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I had a meeting with one of my instructors. On the way to town, I got behind an North Carolina Department of transportation pickup with a Caution: Frequent Stops sign on the tailgate. I didn't realize what the driver was doing until he pulled over at a stop sign and shot a HUGE stream of weed killer at the ground around the sign. He didn't even have to get off his rear; the truck was rigged so that he could sit there and spray the chemicals out the window.  "Look at me-I can poison the Earth while sitting on my rearend!"

Really, shouldn't citizens be consulted before toxins are sprayed along the roadways? What about the poor animals exposed to this stuff? A few weeds aren't going to hurt anything, but these chemicals may kill us.

On another note, it's dogwood blooming season. As I drove along, I saw whole sections of diseased trees with brown, withered messes where the snowy blooms should be. It's time to wake up-the dogwoods can't bloom, the hemlocks are dying, even the oaks have a new disease. We've changed the Earth and not for the better.

The beauty of this place used to take your breath away. Now the destruction does.   
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In 2007, it was reported that the whippoorwill population had declined by 57%. It's declining even more swiftly now. In years gone by, you could hear whippoorwills in the evening everywhere in this county. Then you could only hear them in certain areas. They were plentiful here until last year, when only a few distant calls echoed through the dusk.

A small miracle occurred as I worked in the greenhouse Monday night-I heard a whippoorwill close by! In fact, I thought that I knew where he was. I have a brushpile bordered by a briar patch that we leave alone to shelter various critters. I checked; he's there. 

I wonder if he's a descendant of the whippoorwill who used to sit on the gas tank outside my mom and step dad's window and keep them awake at night? Whippoorwills are really loud up close. My step dad would shine a flashlight the bird, and it would hush until the light was turned off. We had a lot of fun showing people what a whippoorwill looked like up close. This one never seemed to mind gawkers with flashlights and could always be found at the same place at the same time each evening. 

It's so neat that the birds whose calls give us such pleasure in the evening also eat pesky bugs. Try inventing an insecticide that can sing a lullaby. 
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I heard Eldon Bishop's "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" on the radio today. I hadn't heard it in long time. I can't believe that he was a physics major. 


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