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Last week at the zoo there were bunny tracks in th...

2010-02-04T06:52:11.260-08:00

Last week at the zoo there were bunny tracks in the Grizzly habitat, mouse runs in the Prairie Dog field, and, yes, those darned European Starlings (my nemeses!) roosting in a tree near the Moose yard. Saving/ savoring, oh yes, that's a good one. This world sure gives my heart a workout, one minute bursting with joy, the next grieving and afraid. Thank you for the salve that you offer through



Fish lips! Ick...

2010-02-03T19:05:05.903-08:00

Fish lips! Ick...



humans are natural creatures...our role is a disru...

2010-02-02T20:33:38.478-08:00

humans are natural creatures...our role is a disruptor species...



I read recently -- can't for the life of me re...

2010-02-02T19:35:43.996-08:00

I read recently -- can't for the life of me recall where -- that someone is moving to have made legal for sale and farm the Giant Asian carp.

OK. But the idiot who wrote the article mentioned the possibility of them being introduced into the Lakes, and how it could revive the fisheries there.

Who needs enemies...?



The odd upside to the zebra mussel story is that t...

2010-02-02T16:25:51.334-08:00

The odd upside to the zebra mussel story is that they have signifigantly cleaned the water in Lake Michigan.

The carp will be able to see better, I guess.



Great thoughtful post. Society is an ecosystem, to...

2010-02-02T11:16:43.994-08:00

Great thoughtful post. Society is an ecosystem, too;there's a network of consequences between politics, economics, and the natural world, as you point out.

Thanks for the excellent connection lesson!



Beautiful pictures and thoughtful commentary as al...

2010-02-02T08:01:52.942-08:00

Beautiful pictures and thoughtful commentary as always, Julie. You spoil us visitors.

My favorite "collateral wildlife" moment happened at the National Zoo in Washington. A snowy owl was sleeping on its perch, seemingly oblivious to the world. Then a chipmunk went in its enclosure. Nothing at all about the owl moved -- except its EYES, which widened, focused, and became



I forgot to mention how much I love the introducto...

2010-02-01T18:26:37.184-08:00

I forgot to mention how much I love the introductory carp lips picture. The one with plaintive "but I'm STARVING!" eyes that's frowning is swell, too.



Oh, I cannot wait to hear the Ruby Crowned and Gol...

2010-02-01T17:50:25.436-08:00

Oh, I cannot wait to hear the Ruby Crowned and Golden Crowned Kinglets again. Come on, Sun!



As a kid during the 60's, I fed many loaves of...

2010-02-01T17:37:25.011-08:00

As a kid during the 60's, I fed many loaves of bread to those zoo carp. I didn't know anything about native vs exotic wildlife. I just knew that those giant carp impressed the heck out of me. Now, if I could, I'd get rid of every carp, but they still impress the heck out of me.



Re the low paid shills outside - my teen son had a...

2010-02-01T16:40:16.404-08:00

Re the low paid shills outside - my teen son had a chance to make some money yesterday through a friend, by doing that (albeit without the costume) by holding a sign for a furniture store. He got paid $10 AN HOUR!!! I found out that's the going rate around here for that kind of work. Now I know it would be pretty hard to support a family on that kind of pay but geez, I worked my butt off as



I used to live in Chicago, for about 15 years. The...

2010-02-01T11:43:34.027-08:00

I used to live in Chicago, for about 15 years. There are other things that come into the lake via the canal, such as Zebra Mussels. That was the big scare more than a decade ago as they got closer and closer to Lake Michigan. They clog up all sorts of things like boat motors and mechanical stuff necessary to things in the lake and waterways. Last I heard I believe they did make it in. They also



Maybe they could even fill in that canal. Whis I c...

2010-02-01T11:18:43.924-08:00

Maybe they could even fill in that canal.
Whis I could type.



I'm Canadian and I'd like to get away from...

2010-02-01T11:15:42.289-08:00

I'm Canadian and I'd like to get away from our winters too.
Two months ago we were in Sydney and the temp was 85-90, today it was -4.Enough with the igloos, I want a grass hut.


They should file in that canal.



As with humans, I believe God can use every flawed...

2010-02-01T10:25:52.032-08:00

As with humans, I believe God can use every flawed circumstance that bird and animal species' face, and either right it, or find an alternate and blessedly unexpected route for life to continue. I look for His hand in the care of all on this earth, and heartily appreciate your notes as reminders for our right stewardship and care of the same. Blessings on your week ahead.



Tomorrow is election day, and as a Chicagoan (well...

2010-02-01T06:39:11.494-08:00

Tomorrow is election day, and as a Chicagoan (well, suburbanite) and an ecologist, I tried to find all of the Guberbatorial candidates' positions on the Asian Carp/canal question. The overwhelming response is silence. Quinn is the only candidate who has even commented on the problem. He says that the ecology of the lake is important, but so are jobs...
The canal has to be closed! &



I live here in Michigan and the specter of Asian c...

2010-02-01T05:47:11.541-08:00

I live here in Michigan and the specter of Asian carp is frightening to say the least. Once in the Great Lakes they will not only cause the collapse of the fisheries but will then get into our rivers, streams and lakes. I won't tell you what I wanted to do to the Supreme Court after hearing their ruling.

My eyes were opened to the problem of invasive species when I started doing



My accidental zoo animal was a killdeer. Very cool...

2010-01-31T16:57:55.977-08:00

My accidental zoo animal was a killdeer. Very cool. And when youn think of what we bring into the Great Lakes in bilge every year, it's a wonder we have anything indigenous left.



As a Chicagoan, I think the locks need to be close...

2010-01-31T16:21:16.546-08:00

As a Chicagoan, I think the locks need to be closed, immediately. They have already found asian carp genetic matter in Waukegan, which is on Lake Michigan. The guy to complain to is Senator Dick Durbin, who came out against the closing of the locks, no doubt because of pressure from the mayor of Chicagah.



Eye opening post, Julie. I'm glad you got t...

2010-01-31T15:36:02.356-08:00

Eye opening post, Julie.

I'm glad you got to see a ruby crowned kinglet, too. I love the way they flit and flirt and twirl as they are "standing still!"



Catbird, that's a comment what am a comment. A...

2010-01-31T14:43:23.648-08:00

Catbird, that's a comment what am a comment. As one who tries to insert little three-minute hits of natural history in the usually-dreadful news of the world on NPR, I hear you loud and clear. The trick is getting the message in as painlessly as possible.
I will anxiously await word of the outcome of the Carp Summit. Hope it's a good thing that our president is a Chicagoan. Hmmm.



I suffer from a related affliction at work in radi...

2010-01-31T14:29:24.423-08:00

I suffer from a related affliction at work in radioland, exacerbated by having at most 40 seconds to tell a complex story. If you know and care about nature and the effects we and our pets and way of life have on it, you know it's gonna take a lot more than 40 seconds to do it justice. And when nature's involved, it's likely to be a fill story that you might get to if weather and



it's all enough to break a heart open...as you...

2010-01-31T14:06:21.744-08:00

it's all enough to break a heart open...as yours is.



Nice one, Bonequinhoda bic! Sometimes it all come...

2010-01-31T13:57:25.509-08:00

Nice one, Bonequinhoda bic!

Sometimes it all comes down on you so thick you want to put on a hat.

You know, none of these animals would be here in these concentrations if we hadn't invited them. And Chicago is dragging its feet on closing that canal, and all it's gonna take is one female Asian carp full of roe to make it through. And we'll say, gee, I wish we&#



I've never been sure which is worse (for the s...

2010-01-31T13:43:04.702-08:00

I've never been sure which is worse (for the see-er): going through life always seeing human collateral damage and connections; or going through life never seeing them.