I lived in the dessert for a few years; the California dessert…. Riverside county to be exact. We had a small stream near our house and we would visit it often and we were so delighted by the frogs always in some state of being. I enjoyed listening to them out the window at night. Frogs are such an important barometer for an ecosystem.
So knowing that the streams where I live now are 75-90 times the EPA guidelines for pesticide contamination clearly explains why we have no frogs here. They can’t survive in the heavily pesticide laden waters. What can? These poor animals that surround us have no choice but to drink the water we lace with round-up and moss killer and on and on.
I was told there were fish in these streams not even that long ago. I haven’t seen all the streams and all the natural water ways here, but in my almost 5 years here I have yet to see or hear a single frog. And for what? For the luxury of golf course lawn? If we can’t figure out how to live cohesively with mother nature and it’s stock then of what use are we? Why wouldn’t mother nature want to get rid of us? Aren’t we the most destructive things on this planet besides natural disasters and even they at least have a way of resetting the balance of nature.
I see birds come and eat seeds and worms from my grass and I see the bees visiting the flowers and weeds in my yard and I thank them for visiting as I’m sure they would thank me for not spraying pesticides. I want to plant things that will attract butterflies. I can count on one hand how few of those I’ve seen in Oregon too. But that’s a project for a other day.
I think tomorrow morning I’ll grab the kids, gloves and a few trash bags and we will canvas the few blocks around our house for trash. I’m tired of just talking the talk. If I want to really make any kind of difference here I’ve got to walk the walk…..and dammit….that’s what I am going to do.