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Entry for April 14, 2009 The Rain Bow After The Storm.

April 11, 2014

Just wanted to give a nice blast from the past. This was a post of mine a few Masters ago. Has been one of my favorites and thought it was worth a second read. So enjoy until our paths cross again….. Lila

Lila's Room With "Views"

Sunset rainbows

It has been a few days since our paths have crossed. We’ve not been gone just very, very busy….. very busy indeed! To start with our fair city was host to critters (mostly of the two legged kind) from all over the world. They had come from near and far to see The Master’s National Golf Tournament. My critters have been known to sneak in and blend in to the back ground and watch everything! If you were there or watching on TV you might have even heard some of my sneaky little critters as they kept a birds eye view on things and got carried away and would start singing…..I heard them…. I couldn’t get through those gates either, like so many others….. but I heard some of my Northern Cardinals and Carolina Wrens…… couldn’t mistake them…lol… heard them loud and clear! Yep just about everyone of my outside…

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Shouldn’t the wild life in our National Parks be safe from hunters?

April 4, 2014

REUTERS_Lucy Nicholson       I happened to notice that the Yellowstone Bison was trending and thought it was some of the same old thing about the hazing and slaughter of bison when they unknowingly leave the boundaries of the park.  I was wrong.  What is trending is that the  Nez Perce Native Indian tribe is wanting to have the right to hunt within the National Park.  Really?  I am not going to get into the Native Indian’s right to reclaim lost land and such, as what I’ve read so far they are not asking for the land…. just the right to go and hunt where NO ONE ELSE has a right to hunt.  So, why should they?  I will not get “all worked up” {as some of my friends call it when I start writing letter, e-mails, phone calls…} about it right now as it seems to be in the “just talking about it for now”.  Some of the things written about the bison’s health is….. lets say not completely correct and some I would have to throw down a “bull shit” flag if I was going to get “all worked up” about it right now….. but I’m not.  For now I will keep an eye on the issue so I will know if or when I need to get “all worked up”.

     There is an ongoing issue with these same bison.  One, I have worked on with the National Wildlife Federation through their Leader’s Club for which I am a long time member.   That is the hazing and slaughter of these majestic animals just because the can’t read signs or know when they are crossing boundaries out of their protected park.  Over the years we have worked on “Adopting” and “Retiring” grazing lots around these borders so that ranchers can lease other and better grazing lots further away and prevent contact between their livestock and the bison.  Now there is another way to help.  Here is the link from one of my updates: Help more people speak up for Yellowstone bison—please share this alert with your friends.  While you are there go to their home page and look around.  NWF has a great website with fun information too .  They are also on my blog roll with a direct link to their home page. 

     I think I’ve said my piece for the day.  Now I think I’ll just get some rest and later visit with some of my wild critters that visit me on my patio….. come join me anytime there is always an empty rockin’ chair or go and enjoy some critter of your own until our paths cross again…….. Lila

 

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They Call Them The Breeze As They Must Be Moving On….

April 1, 2014

 

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      Woke up this fine morning to what sounded like a wild party going on next to my bed. Sat up and looked out my glass patio doors and there was a party in full swing on my patio! Rubbed my eyes and put on my glasses and looked again. Yes, there certainly was some partying going on. Someone……hmmm maybe DT Jr. {Double Trouble the Super Squirrel’s son} must have snuck into my home and borrowed {I use the term “borrowed” loosely when used in regard to DT and any of his kin} my iPod and speakers. I say this because Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “They Call Me the Breeze” is rocking my glass patio doors. I must say that what I saw did put a smile on my face, once I got past my impolite awakening. My feathered friends where rocking out. The Dark-eyed Juncos were shaking their tail feathers, while the Yellow -rumped {Myrtle} Warblers were doing the “Myrtle Beach Shag” all over the patio.The Mourning Doves weren’t mourning this morning, as a matter of a fact, they had their under bellies hiked up and were doing a line dance across the patio, just missing the tail shaking Dark-eyed Juncos. Some of the Brown-headed Nuthatch were hanging upside down working their way outwards on a tree limb pecking at bugs to the music’s beat, while the White-throated Sparrows, Carolina Chickadees and Carolina Wrens were a hoppin’ and a boppin’ to the tune. The Chipping Sparrows and the House Sparrows had paired up to shake their tail feathers too! The American “Red-breasted” Robins were high-stepping it while pulling worms from the compost pile and the Eastern Towhees were doing a “double back scratch” along side a Hermit Thrush {who was making a rare appearance} was raising and lowering its tail feathers to the rhythmic beat of Skynyrd’s music. All the while the squirrels were keeping time from their spot on the fence and some Cedar Waxwings were keepin’ an eye on everyone while perched way up high.

     Spring must be here, even though it still feels more like winter every other day. My feathered friends seem to know better than I do and this is their reason for one last party, before the winter friends must leave northward bound, as mating fever sets in. My local feathered friends have started claiming the best nesting spots and soon the rush will be on to set up house keeping and before I know it there will be fledglings and juveniles all over my patio! Yes, Spring must be here. I think I’ll make a cup of coffee and enjoy my soon to be departing feathered friends while I still can. It won’t be long now and I will have a new crew of feathered friends migrate to my patio. Just an other reason to have more patio parties!

     So, check out your own back yard or patio and have a party or two with some of your feathered friends and let them put a smile on your face and joy in your heart until our paths cross again……… Lila

Photo by: http://www.dyfiospreyproject. 

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JUST A LOOK ON THE LIGHTER SIDE….. of the dark…..

April 11, 2013

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    Little kitty I would not tell everyone you let him trick you too! Cut back on the cat nip…lol…. Or say maybe some glasses but not that he tricked you….  All you other cats and critters watch out for them tricky little mice until our paths cross again…… Lila

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Asian Carp Alert…..them fish can fly so duck!

July 9, 2012

     Here is an important letter from the National Wildlife federation that I want to pass on to all my readers. The Asian Carp are the fish that jump out of the water when they hear the noise from boats and can injure passengers in the boats. They have even knocked people out of their boat and hurt those using smaller water crafts.  But, Asian Carp really are no laughing matter as they are a major threat to our native fish population.

The letter reads:

There’s something in our waters right now that
poses a clear threat to the Great Lakes — and
it’s growing exponentially
. Even as you read
this, this monster fish is invading a new waterway
in Minnesota.

They’re called Asian carp, and they were brought over from Asia in the 1970’s as a “cure” to clean fishponds by gobbling up algae. But when the ponds flooded, Asian carp escaped into the Mississippi River and have made their way to the Chicago water system — and beyond.

We urgently need to raise $125,000 by July 31 to
help combat this invasive aquatic species, and
protect other wildlife across the country.
Asian
carp have already taken over parts of the
Mississippi River and its tributaries and streams …
and just as recently as last month were discovered
past the electrical barriers that are supposed to stop
them from entering Lake Michigan, and invading
the Great Lakes.

With your urgent donation today we can pressure government to:

  • Secure      a permanent solution in Chicago by restoring the natural physical      separation of the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River.
  • Prevent      Asian carp from further infiltrating the Great Lakes.
  • Take      immediate action to stop their
    northward advance into Minnesota’s waters
    and beyond.

Adult Asian carp are simply too large for our native predators to combat, which has caused their rapid population growth and invasion into new areas for three decades now.

They can eat 20 percent of their body weight in
plankton every day. And they have the ability to
outcompete our native fish for food and living space
— survival necessities. Without the plankton the
Asian carp are wolfing down, native fish can
go hungry.

Your donation today will help National Wildlife Federation fight back against invasive species and protect threatened wildlife from coast to coast. Invasives like fast-spreading Zebra and Quagga mussels, feral swine, European green crabs, and many more can pose real threats to our nation’s precious native wildlife.

But we can only protect wildlife across the country
with the help of concerned NWF supporters
like you
.

Sincerely,

Andy Buchsbaum
Regional Executive Director,
Great Lakes

P.S. We only have 25 days to reach our goal of $125,000 to combat Asian carp and other invasive species, and protect wildlife across the country. So don’t delay! Donate today.

You can help by giving what you can or pass the info on to others who may be able to donate.  You can visit the NWF web site they are on my blog roll or to donate go to  https://online.nwf.org/site/Donation2?idb=2012639969&df_id=26001&26001.donation=form1   or call 1-800-822-9919!

Thanks for reading and go in peace and grace knowing that you have helped our environment until our paths cross again…… Lila

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WARNING HEAT WAVE ALERT!!

June 30, 2012

  “Yes! Yes! Oh this feels so good!”

    Today, in most parts of the US, to say it is hot is an understatement.  There are heat wave warnings in effect for the next few days.  There are heat wave advice warnings posted and reported in the news papers, TV and radio for humans and our favorite pets, but lets not forget all the other wild life we share space with in our own yards, patios and decks. 

     Even if you do not normally feed your local feathered friends, you might be surprised at how many will come if you only put out some water!  No food needed…. it would be nice….but none needed, right now water will attracted many birds and other wild life looking for some much-needed relief from the heat!

     Now what to do.  If you already have bird baths set up great, but they need to be checked on at least twice a day as the water can get very hot in just a few hours in these high temperatures.  What I do , I put fresh water out after dark and that way the first few early birds or other critters will have a somewhat cool drink of water until I can get moving in the morning.  I am not a morning person, but if you are, fresh morning filling would be fine.  Midday is when I next check my water stations.  By noon the water is already hot to the touch!  So, out it goes {use the old water for watering your plants or cool it off and reuse later} and fresh cool water is placed and since the water can become heated quickly I add ice to the water.  You can then just add ice throughout the rest of the day if you have time, otherwise by late afternoon check and add more cool water.  The birds and other wildlife will treat you to a nice display of water play for your efforts.  Remember this is breeding season for most wildlife and there are young that are at risk now due to this heat wave.

     What to use.  You don’t have a bird bath?  That’s OK, you don’t have to have a fancy bird bath or if you do then put some more water stations out during this heat wave.  Try and use stoneware, plastic or clay shallow dishes with sloping sides/edges as these will not become so over heated to cause harm.  For deeper dishes add a few rocks just under the water level so that the small critters have a safe way to enjoy the water.

     Where to put them?  I like to use several heights and locations.  The ones on the ground I keep in shaded spots where most anything that walks, creeps or crawls can enjoy and quench their thrust.  For the feathered critters, I use hanging hooks in the shade or placed on top of bricks or wood stands where they are protected from other critters who might like a snack with their water.  Don’t worry, if you put them out they will come….

     Now just sit back and enjoy your cool long drink and the gentil breeze on your shoulders ….. from the air conditioner…… while watching the water play until our paths cross again……  Lila

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A letter from Robert Redford….

March 2, 2012

     I received a letter from Robert Redford recently who other than being a great actor is also on the Natural Resources Defense Council Board of Trustees.  His plea in this letter made me put on my big girl waders and get back to posting as it seems that the woes of the world are not waiting on me to feel better and get on my feet again.  This letter contained a letter of protest in regards to Shell oil drilling in the Arctic.  I plan on sending a copy of it to Ken Salazar…. I know he must be missing me since I’ve been too ill to join the protests this past year. 

     Mr. Redford asked this question ”Do you trust Shell with the fate of the polar bear?”.  My answer is no way and no how, do I trust them or any other oil company.  Especially those that belong to other countries and would not pollute their home land environment, but ours means nothing as we saw with the Gulf oil spill by BP. Yes just like BP is foreign-owned, so is Shell {Royal Dutch Shell Oil}.  Shell is set to drill this summer in BOTH Alaska’s Polar Bear Seas.  Thanks to Mr. Salazar, Shell has taken a fast step to out smart the “environmentalist” and submitted a spill response and recovery plan that has now been approved.  Sounds great but this is what Rebecca Noblin, an attorney for the in Anchorage, said “Shell’s cleanup plan relies on technology such as the capping stack that has not even been built, much less tested. The reality is, we don’t know how to deal with an oil spill in the Arctic,” she said.  Chris Krenz of Oceana, an environmental group that focuses on oceans, applauded the decision to test Shell’s response equipment but questioned why officials would sign off on the spill prevention plan before the tests.  “It’s really ludicrous to approve Shell’s spill plan before those in-water tests are done,” Krenz said.  The decision presumes the next test will succeed, but the last public test of cleaning a spill in ice-filled waters was in 2000 and was a failure, Krenz said. Shell’s spill response plan claims it can clean up nearly all oil spilled, even though the recovery from BP PLC’s Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, a location with far more infrastructure, was only about 10 percent.  Shell says they can handle a spill….. really? In an environment that has 20 foot surging seas, gale-force winds and sub-zero temperatures?  The area that they want to drill is one of our country’s largest onshore birthing areas for polar bears.  A spill would devastate our ecosystem in the Arctic and a loss that leaves no chance of survival for the polar bear.  So, do you trust Shell?           I do not nor does the other groups I am a member of such as Center for Biological Diversity, NRDC, National Wildlife Federation and Bio-Gems.  We are currently fighting in at least two federal court rooms to stop the permit for the drilling in the Arctic. 

 In the process for reading up on this issue, I was surprised at the lack of understanding on the part of the general public on the topic of the future of the polar bear.  Some saying that polar bears are not threatened nor their environment or that animals like the polar bear will adapt and mother nature will take care of the rest.  Wrong! Yes, wild life does adapt but not that fast.  When mother nature is done….. We maybe the one to become extinct.  There are many reasons that it is important to protect the polar bear.  One being that the polar bear is like an achor species.  Meaning that if we protect them and their habitat, both on land and sea since these iconic creatures live on the sea ice/sea to feed {they even have webbed feet} and on land to mate, hibernate and give birth, then we are protecting all the wildlife that lives with them in their environment.   Another comment I found was to say that the polar bear population has no effect on humans nor environment and their loss would not impact anyone.  We all have our place in the environment and everything we or they do has an effect on us and our survival.  Polar ice melts more and more every year.  This ice helps to keep our planet cooler as the amount of white ice reflects the sun rays back into the atmosphere. With out the ice the sea {far darker in color} then absorbs the sun rays and heats up the sea water that then causes more ice melt.  Then the salinity of the water starts to change along with the water temperature. Then the sea life is forced to move further up into the arctic to cooler waters.  Our nations fisheries depend on our country’s fishing lanes and if the fish move into other countries fishing grounds we lose out.  Now that is just one negative out come and there are others still.  Keeping our Arctic pristine for our use is better than destroying it for oil.  We need to reduce our consumption of oil.  Yes, we will always need oil, but we need to use other sources for our energy…. like natural gas {also in moderation but with strong monitoring of safety} wind and solar.  We as a great nation can diversify our energy needs.  We just need to DO IT….not later but now. We have been saying this for decades but NO action of change yet!

For those who are saying we need to get out from under the foreign oil and we should drill baby drill and we will no longer need to buy foreign oil…….uhmm…..no we still would be dependant on foreign oil, just as BP is a foreign company so is Shell {Royal Dutch Shell}…. yep we would have to buy our own oil back from them!  Don’t be fooled by big oil or the coal industry for that matter as there is no such thing as clean coal, but that’s another story.   Remember and think about just whom is saying we need more oil and coal or our country is in danger due to the need of oil….. yep the oil and coal companies… they will try and scare us while manipulating the prices of oil to keep lining their pockets while we have to pay the price for their greed.

This is a copy of the protest letter please feel free to copy and send to Ken Salazar the Secretary of the Interior and mailing address and more.

Mailing Address:

 Department of the Interior

1849 C Street NW 

 Washington DC 20240

Phone: (202) 208-3100

E-Mail: feedback@ios.doi.gov

Web: Feedback form 

Feel free to contact him on a regular basis so that he knows what we the people want.

Ken Salazar 

Secretary of the Interior

I am appalled that you are opening both Polar Bear Seas to oil development.  Your agency has already given Shell a tentative go-ahead to drill this summer in the Beaufort Sea, home to half of America’s polar bears.

These decisions open the door to disaster.  Shell is not prepared to handle a worst-case blowout under real-world conditions in the Arctic, where there are 20 foot seas, gale-force winds, protracted darkness and below-zero temperatures.  The Coast Guard’s own Commander Admiral Robert Papp has testified that the federal government has “zero” spill response capability in the Arctic.

Moreover, the oil industry still has no method for cleaning up spills in ice-filled waters. A major spill could devastate our fragile Arctic ecosystem–poisoning polar bears, suffocating whales and killing other wildlife.

I urge you to deny Shell the final permits it needs to begin drilling in the Polar Bear Seas.  Please say NO to Shell and defend these treasured environments you have been charged with protecting.

Sincerely,

Your name goes here!

See my blog roll for direct links to NWF, CBD, NRDC and Bio Gems.  Well worth checking out!

May your conscience be your guide until our paths cross again…….   Lila

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