Monday, April 22, 2013

Big birds beyond the front porch

About a block from my house, two stormwater management ponds attract nesting barn swallows, red-winged blackbirds, soaring eagles, geese, ducks and, occasionally, a great blue heron.

Unfortunately the ponds - right now one is full and the other is dry - also collect trash and a stray soccer ball or two. I'm always amazed to see trash and dog poop on the grass right next to a trash bin and doggy bags. I just don't get it. Are we raising a generation of people who think that somebody's going to pick up after them?

We live directly above the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge and Puget Sound. The stormwater ponds help slow runoff and protect water quality and wildlife. 

And now the ponds themselves are supporting wildlife, cattails, and native plants. All just a short walk from the front porch.

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