Unseasonably Warm Day at Buffalo Ridge Park

I went to Buffalo Ridge Park in Haltom City instead of Arcadia Park today. Buffalo Ridge is just down White's Branch from Arcadia Park but what a difference a very little distance makes. We have a volunteer who lives near Arcadia Park, Jeri Tooley, who for the last 10 years has dedicated herself to protecting and cleaning that park on an almost daily basis. Buffalo Ridge, while it has the same potential as Arcadia Park, is full of trash, plastic bags and drink cups, cans, everywhere. Haltom City seems to only be interested in clearing out all the underbrush under the trees. Crews were working cutting down things everywhere and putting the stuff in piles. No one around this park seems to care what goes into its streams. I have watched it decline yearly. However, even so there were things to be seen. In the midst of all the trash there was a sole Red-eared Slider resting on the muddy bank. Because it was unseasonably warm and sunny, around 70 degrees, there were butterflies: saw Phaon Crescent, Checkered White, and Orange Sulphur. I saw birds that I didn't get to photograph, Titmouse for one. But did get a picture from a distance of a Great Egret and later of a Turkey Vulture down by the creek. While it was a beautiful day and always a pleasure to see nature's creatures, it is very depressing to see what we human beings do to nature.

Publicado por taogirl taogirl, 11 de janeiro de 2013, 11:18 PM

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Fotos / Sons

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taogirl

Data

Janeiro 11, 2013

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What

Tartaruga-de-Orelhas-Vermelhas (Trachemys scripta ssp. elegans)

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taogirl

Data

Janeiro 11, 2013

Descrição

From the second picture you can see the pitiful state of this park in which this turtle is living. This park is so full of trash, particularly along the banks of the river. It is unfortunate that the people who live around this park don't seem to care about it.

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What

Garça-Branca-Grande (Ardea alba)

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taogirl

Data

Janeiro 11, 2013

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Urubu-de-Cabeça-Vermelha (Cathartes aura)

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taogirl

Data

Janeiro 11, 2013

Fotos / Sons

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taogirl

Data

Janeiro 11, 2013

Descrição

Lousy picture but I got a good view of it. Hard to walk a blind dog and chase down a butterfly to take a picture of it...it was unseasonabley warm today and the butterflies responded.

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