Thursday, March 28, 2013

Seasons change, climate changes

photo of unknown birds at feeder
© harrington
Welcome. Thanks for stopping by. More melting today and more signs of Spring. I'm embarrassed to say I'm not sure what the birds are pictured at the feeder. A couple of days ago was the first time I've seen them this year. On the drive home today I saw the first motorcycles (two of them) of the year. No sign of geese returning yet. More and more of the class 5 aggregate is appearing from under the road's snow cover. The driveway is about 30% melted. I had, however, forgotten how long it can take for a normal March snow cover to melt. Median strips and gutters (roadway, not bowling) are looking more dirty by the day as Winter's buried trash appears from snow banks. This Sunday is Easter but it looks like Winter is trying for a resurrection. Report from the morning (predawn) dog walker was that the local owl(s) and coyotes were heard. Speaking of wildlife, Ron Madore, on Earth Journal at MinnPost, has an interesting (but depressing) report today on a newly issued Climate Change Adaptation Strategy. You can read the report or, as Ron notes: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a free, two-hour webinar on the National Climate Adaptation Strategy at 1 p.m. Minnesota time on April 9. Interested? You can register here. It would probably be worth you time to watch it if you can. Much of the appeal of My Minnesota comes from the critters (besides us) who live here. Since it appears that we're not going to convince the powers that be to stop using the climate as a toilet, maybe we can learn how to help our fellow earthlings survive our irresponsibility. Thanks for listening. Stop again tomorrow. Rants, raves and reflections served daily.