Monday, September 28, 2009

Reuse, Reduce, Recycle

344 days to go!

Bill and I were coming home from a visit and just before our road we saw an all too familiar sight. There was a deer that had been hit by a car on the side of the road. It was just around the corner from our road and we had the "Who is responsible to remove road kill?" discussion. Is it the homeowner, do you call the police, is there a game warden?

Game warden - Reminds me of a situation when I was living in Maine. We were driving back home to the Air Force base on the only road between the radar site and the base. We came upon a crowd gathered across the road and expected to see a terrible accident. It was terrible - a caribou (imagine a cross between a deer and a moose - moose not mouse) had been hit by a vehicle. It was still alive but desperately hurt. By the time we got there, the game warden had arrived and the discussion was about how to get this animal out of its misery. Finally, Lew said (for any who don't know, Lew is my ex-husband) to the GW - "You have a gun, please, take care of it." The GW says, "I don't want to kill it - you do it" and he tries to hand the gun to Lew!! Mind you, he didn't know us at all! Lew puts his hands up and says, "we're outta here!". We got back in the car and I actually don't remember where we went - probably drove around the group and went home.
Anyway - back to my story. The next morning as I was going to church I looked to where the dead deer was and saw 15 turkey vultures sitting on the lawn. One was on top of the dead deer, the rest were pretending they didn't know what was going on. "Nope, I don't see anything. He's the one - we're just sitting here minding our own business" And for good measure, they hopped and looked away. I was amazed. In all the time we've lived here, I have never seen more than one turkey vulture. The one I saw was sitting on our neighbor's roof - resting one really frosty fall morning. By the way - they have a really ugly face! So I go on my way.

After church, I glanced over to the road kill and was shocked at what I saw. I had only been gone about 2 hours.

By the end of the day, there was nothing but bones. Amazing! (No, I didn't take a photo of the cleaned bones. Actually - I didn't think of it!). Nature at its finest. Reuse, reduce, recycle.

You don't believe me that a turkey vulture is ugly? Like the saying "so ugly only a mother could love ...." Beautiful bird - one ugly face!

The whole thing was too cool!



Jim said...

Ugly but useful. Think of the stench and disease everywhere without them.
I like bats for a similar reason: I hate mosquitos and other biting insects. But bats love them. If there are enough bats, the disease-carrying mosquitos can't infect you. Or me either.

Dave Johnson said...

Love hearing your stories Linda. Its like the great frontier out there in Macungie.