“Start of Spring” is one of 14 climate change indicators. It tracks the start of spring for each year, using model estimations of when enough heat has accumulated to initiate growth (leafing and flowering) in temperature-sensitive plants. Observed changes in the start of spring reflect the overall warming trend in the climate system. (U.S. Global Change Research Program)
Green Frog (Rana clamitans)
“At night I went out into the dark and saw a glimmering star and heard a frog, and Nature seemed to say, Well do not these suffice?” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Photo ©2017, Jen Payne, from the upcoming book Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind. Quote: Emerson, Ralph Waldo. The Heart of Emerson’s Journals.
There was an over-population they said
current world population 7,482,331,668
such overabundance can lead to excessive noise
there is absolutely no place on Earth that is completely free from human sound all of the time
and an increased risk of disease
incidence of common cold: 62 million cases per year
DRC-1339 was the antidote,
causing the congestion of major organs
a slow, 12-72 hour “nonviolent” death
but it sounded violent
thud, thud, thud
and it looked violent
dead birds dropping from trees
a galaxy of feathers
shimmering on the pavement
iridescent in the afternoon sun
It’s OK, said the nice man from the USDA, smiling
It’s not harmful to humans…
Just the star-lings
in flight, celestial
their cosmic communal dance,
the breathtaking murmurations
of a species that
But any dead bird can be picked up and thrown in the trash,
just remember to use disposable gloves or plastic bags.
Annually approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide.
Plastic constitutes approximately 90 percent of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile.
One million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans.
“We recommend…that improved baits and baiting strategies be developed to reduce [such] nuisance populations.”— Managing Vertebrate Invasive Species, National Wildlife Research Center, 2007