BlathrWayne Lorentz

Showing blathrs with the tag “Wildlife refuges.”

Misty for me

Sunday, December 4th, 2022 Alive 18,849 days

It was a foggy, depressing day so I went out to Turtle Bayou where I knew there wouldnʼt be any other people; and there werenʼt.

I did find lots of birds, though. I recorded nine new species for my list:

  • Golden-crowned Kinglet
  • Purple Finch
  • Winter Wren
  • House Wren
  • American Pipit
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • American Goldfinch
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler

There was also a metric ass-ton of mosquitoes. But thatʼs OK; the birds have to eat, too.

I thought about it for a while, and I think itʼs probably been close to 30 years since I was last bitten by a mosquito.

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Monday, April 19th, 2021 Alive 18,255 days

Darcie taking pictures at Crystal Springs in Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
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Frogs and flies

Saturday, April 10th, 2021 Alive 18,246 days

Hereʼs a very sad picture. At least in modern times.

In centuries past, this little hole in the ground was a life-saver. For pioneers, for local indian tribes, and for many others it provided vital water in the desert wilderness. Today, though, itʼs a reminder of things gone wrong.

This is Longstreet Spring, at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Itʼs a boiling spring, which isnʼt a reference to the temperature of the water, but to the way the water forces itself up through a layer of sand at the bottom, making it look like the bottom of the pond is boiling.

This used to be the home of a thriving population of endangered fish. The fish are gone now, eaten by frogs brought by the pioneers. Today, all that live here are frogs and the insects that feed them.

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Natural thoughts

Friday, April 9th, 2021 Alive 18,245 days

Have you never noticed that new wildlife refuges are almost always in places that most people don't want to be, anyway?

It's never “Oh, here's this prime piece of real estate with lots of natural resources. We should set this aside for the ducks!”

These days, it's always, “Look at this godforsaken, polluted, barren wasteland. Weʼll, let nature have it, so we can write it off on our taxes, and feel good about ourselves.”

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