neanderthaling is not okay!

Good Morning Barbara,

BLACK PHOEBE fledglings

I practically raced down to the river after hearing that the 1st world leader had neanderthaled by kissing the Paris Climate Agreement good-bye. I needed to gain some kind of sanity and nature has always been my healer, stabilizer with her earthy magnificence. Right now is the perfect time to dip into her restoring elixir of life juju: the abundant display of young life melts the heart into a tender puddle. Everywhere I look new life is forming, taking wobbly baby steps towards finding a safe home on this planet. The WOOD DUCK Mama just caught sight of me and herds her little ones to a secluded spot under the motto: “ better safe than sorry”. The MERGANSER matriarch is keeping an alert eye on me as her fluff balls meander on the shore. She voices a sound and her brood clusters closer around her. She doesn’t perceive me as an immediate threat, but she obviously she leans toward the cautious side. The BLACK PHOEBE just informed her fledglings about my presence. They cease their food begging sounds, sit stock still in their hiding place, while the parent tries to distract me by zooming close to me. So much determined life force is guiding the parents to steer their offspring around dangers and obstacles. I feel my deep love for nature rise strongly inside my core and the sane connectedness spreads through my being. I have experienced this healing Nature process all through my life, so you can imagine how I mourn that the most powerful world leader has deemed Nature’s beauty shreddable. And just then a gorgeous SWALLOWTAIL butterfly landed close to me…Nature is so magic…

WOOD DUCK Mama w/one of her  her 4 babies

Did you read Brendan Bane extensive San Lorenzo River article in Good Times? He tamed many river topics into a flowing narrative, which presents diverse river insights from many angles including mine. It’s defiantly a good sign that Good Times assigned a science writer to the article. During our interview Brendan mentioned his article about unintentional development effects, which I think you’ll find highly interesting.

It’s so intriguing how a bird species attracts my attention and the RED-throated LOON has lured me in. Since last fall they have appeared now and then on the river, never staying very long, always elusive, their slender, grayish bodies blending in with the water. Last week one was swimming behind the Boardwalk junk yard. I figured the traveller was taking a brief break on its northerly migratory trip and be gone in a day or two, but it kept hanging around and then a few days later an other RED-throated Loon appeared, keeping respectful distance from the other. Then a day ago the 3rd one showed up in full breeding regalia, which we hardly ever get to see, because that plumage stage occurs at the breeding ground. Are these 3 RED-throated LOONs late heading up north or are breeding grounds shifting?

RED-Throated LOON in breeding plumage

On June 12th we’ll know if the River Coordinator position will receive the money in the 2018 budget. By voting to fund this new position at their last budget meeting, City Council responded positive to the high ranking request of the City Summit Riverwalk  participants.The River Coordinator will have to be well versed in environmental County/City/ State & Fed. regulations/laws to steer the San Lorenzo River wildlife habitat into safe waters and have the golden touch with Community organizations efforts to make Santa Cruz proud of its Natural Resources.

MERGANSER cuties taking a break on shore…

standing up against neanderthaling greetings, jane

3 thoughts on “neanderthaling is not okay!

  1. Thanks for highlighting the good article in the Good Times. I’m writing GT to thank them for it. This is part of what will transform the positive energy of Ebb and Flow into ecological stewardship.

    1. I don’t know what “ecological stewardship” is (other than non-scientific rhetoric) but I do know that encouraging humans to take over the Riverwalk at nighttime and party is bad for the wildlife of the San Lorenzo River and its associated river bank areas. Wildlife species need sleep and dark for health.

  2. Let us please not use the word neanderthal in such a negative way. Homo neanderthalensis didn’t degrade the San Lorenzo River watershed for 200 years, nor bulldoze the river lagoon sandbar, nor litter the levee or the beach with trash, nor bomb cities and surrounding environments in Europe in WWII. That is the work of Homo sapiens, the destructive species of the planet. Might we find a more appropriate pejorative and leave the Neanderthals in peace where they have been for 25,000 years?

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