Saturday, March 30, 2013

Doe, Sí, doe

photo of green-eyed doe at Spring twilight
© harrington
Hi! Thanks for coming. It's hard to see at the scaled-down photo size, but the doe's eyes above are shining green. Especially at this time of year, and again in the Autumn, watch for green highlights at roadsides. If you see any, it's a good idea to slow down. [For that matter, slowing down might be a good idea all by itself.] Many of the non-human people that live in My Minnesota don't show red-eye from lights. the Today saw a flock of robins in the trees out front. Based on their return to the feeder today, I'm guessing that the unidentified birds at the feeder the other day were female purple finches which, with their more colorful males, are headed through the area on their way north.I was checking yesterday and couldn't find any reports of what happened at Minnesota's Environmental Congress. I'll see next week if any of the folks I know who might have been in attendance have anything to report. Moving on to the urban environs, here's a link to a game that will challenge you to name the neighborhoods in Minneapolis. I'm embarrassed to say it took me longer to identify 20 neighborhoods in Boston, my old home town, than to name 20 in Minneapolis. I hope you enjoy it. One of these days, we'll talk about living in a state that has 360 cities with a population of fewer than 500, and cities with neighborhoods of more than 15,000. We may also stick a toe into the waters of rampant parochialism [see the Comments section]. In case you're wondering what this has to do with nature, think about John Muir's wonderful quotation:"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." If we're going to save ourselves from each other (humans are probably the  greatest environmental threat of the Anthropocene), we need to read Pogo more and learn to get along. Thanks for listening. Have a Happy Easter if I don't see you tomorrow. Come back when you can. Rants, raves and reflections served daily.