I saw no less than six adult swans at Magazine Beach the other day, and two scaups.
I note with dismay the work of the “cleanup” of the phragmites in the wild area there. The tampered with area is ankle deep in standing water now, while the other recessed wild area that hadn’t been denuded had absorbed all the recent rain. This got me to thinking about “invasives” and their removal. I’m wondering whether, as we see the accelerating human destruction of the ecosystem, these hardier plants are naturally replacing the original species, which can no longer tolerate the climate changes we have wrought. Seeing the effect at MB, where a verdant marshland is now a breeding pool for algae, bacteria, and mosquitoes, strikes me that here perhaps is yet another example of human arrogance, imagining we know better than nature and instead making a mess of things. In a functioning healthy ecosystem it might, perhaps, be reasonably to minimize disruptive species, but perhaps we are actually seeing nature adapting to humanity’s stresses.
[Ed: Here are photos of swans at Alewife from Phil, and a photo of mine of the poison drainage system from which the fake protectors were destroying ground vegetation.]
I am pleased to get Phil’s reports on the visiting swans. It definitely is lovely that wild animals are visiting.
Phil is a lot nicer than I am when it comes to the initiatives of the fake protective group, but it is well expressed.
I have seen the Boston Conservation Commission absolutely shocked at the outrages inflicted by by “volunteers” working for the DCR. Get away from the influence of Cambridge’s Robots and Company Unions plus similar groups and attitudes change.
Business as usual with the group fighting for destruction while lying about which side they are on.
They have gone from pre-censoring all posts on the ListServe to unilaterally expelling folks for OFFERING to make statements contrary to that which they call “The Truth.”
Here is a photo of the TRUTH from fraudulent “protectors” when they let their guard down.