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July 10, 2022

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shoney

Good questions, you and your neighbors are in such a great position to observe and reflect on the changes in animal and plants in the area. I'm always amazed at those animal cams and the secret life of animals that go about their business while we sleep.

SusanR

I've noticed my aspens look a bit bedraggled this year. I'm in town and they get plenty of water from the sprinkler system, but still they look sad and tired. Perhaps our higher temps and bad air are taking a toll. Still have a squirrel or two on occasion, but of course there are no natural predators here.

Jennifer Woodhull

Oh, jeez, Kathy—I suspect that you're getting a front-row seat to what's happening to our planet. These don't sound anything like "normal fluctuations." Here in the city, I'm somewhat buffered from the observations you're making at your cabin. The hum of the nearby freeway, the roar of motorcycles revving at the stop sign outside my window, the deafening strains of hip-hop blasting from a passing car—all of this distracts me from the fact that there seem to be far fewer birds in the junipers in front of my building. I noticed it down at DKD when I was on retreat there in May, as well: in the densely forested foothills of southern Colorado, where you'd expect to see and hear birds in abundance, there was an eerie silence. I caught sight of the odd hawk or magpie—a couple of times, a hummingbird buzzed close to examine my red shawl as I meditated on the balcony—but it seemed odd that there were so few birds to be seen. Your description of the aspens and other trees is heartbreaking. I wish I could offer an optimistic prediction for next summer, but my best guess is that it's downhill from here.

Julene Bair

It's saddens me to read your report of the state of wildlife around your cabin. Every time I go for a hike or go camping I feel that I am savoring What is left of a diminishing world. I know that in the long term nature will revive itself even if we are not part of that resurgence. I wish we could leave our state of denial and begin in earnest reversing the destruction we've caused.

Kathy Kaiser

Jennifer, I'm sad to hear that you saw and heard so few birds at DKD. I'm trying to be optimistic about the future, but it's difficult.

Kathy Kaiser

Julene, I have the same reaction when I'm in nature: How much longer will I be able to enjoy this?

Kathy Kaiser

Susan, like you, I wonder if our polluted air, as well as heat and dryness, take their toll on the trees. I wouldn't be surprised.

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