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A new start for some, death for others

My environment is a mixed bag today. After an anxious afternoon and morning of not seeing the parents make repeated flights to feed their babies, a peek into the nesting box a bit ago showed that the tiny blue birds

Our blue birds have flown the coop - much to our relief. It feels satisfying to help introduce more birds into the neighborhood.

Our blue birds have flown the coop - much to our relief. It feels satisfying to help introduce more birds into the neighborhood.

we have watched intently for a few weeks have fledged. We didn't get to see them leave, but we knew it was close. The incessant flapping of their young wings

was visible from our kitchen window. It’s a relief to us; last year the fledglings died in the nesting box.

On the other side was distressing news out of the Washington Post. Amphibians are dying off at an alarming rate the world over;

The stream behind my house was fouled earlier this year by white gunk. Is our abuse of water quality also behind the demise of amphibians?

The stream behind my house was fouled earlier this year by white gunk. Is our abuse of water quality also behind the demise of amphibians?

pesticides, disease and climate change were the cited reasons. Although it wasn’t mentioned, I wonder if water quality and other environmental factors came into play. That’s my hunch.

I’ll remember the toads and frogs when I head out about 5:30 for my excursion to pick up my path.There will be a little more zeal when it comes to any junk on storm drains, just waiting to be washed into the watershed.

About Dave Bradley (259 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; one on 15 years of writing a weekly letter to my kids (plus other recipients), the other on my localized environmental responsibility. I'm a writer by trade and both endeavors are accepted practice for me. As for the letters, my adult children Ellen and Reid may have seen letters as corny at one point, but it's accepted practice for them, too, to find something in their mailbox other than bills and junk mail. Email and texting don't do a lot for me for a lot of different reasons. Snail mail has its place in the communicative world so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for 'Pick Up Your Path' and the environment, I advocate what citizens can do themselves to take a direct hand in their neighborhood environment. But Pick Up Your Path is also a general environmental blog. It may be largely about litter and trash, but both of those are just one element of the total environmental picture.

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