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Blessing and a Curse

Discussion in 'Sheltie Chat' started by DianeP, Jun 10, 2021 at 10:04 AM.

  1. DianeP

    DianeP Premium Member

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    I always tell people the blessing and the curse of living with a dog is that you are forced outside, no matter the weather. Yes, you might be out in rain, freezing temps or sweltering heat, but you also see wonderful things you would otherwise miss. This morning, Mindy and I spotted a great blue heron perched in a tree. Recently, we’ve seen turtles, geese, ducks, fox, raccoons, muskrats and Sandhill cranes. Definitely a blessing. Here are a few photos. (Mindy displays her ambivalent ears, as well.)

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    ghggp Moderator

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    Love the last shot of Minnie!
    Gotta say, not fond of the Herons as they can devastate a Koi pond in no time flat!
    gave a couple of my koi to a friend and asked how they were doing a week afterwards. He said you don’t want to know…
    It was killed by the Heron! :gaah
     
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    We have the opposite situation here. Someone who wasn’t thinking released koi into our wetland pond and now it’s full of invasive koi that don’t belong there! That’s why the heron hangs around. It’s a full service buffet. At the end of last summer, we had 4-5 heron hanging around. We even have a resident seagull and we are far from larger bodies of water.
     
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    ghggp Moderator

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    WOW, that is terrible!
    We have a horrible problem with:
    Asian carp (bighead, black, grass, and silver carp) were imported to the United States in the 1970s as a method to control nuisance algal blooms in wastewater treatment plants and aquaculture ponds as well as for human food. Within ten years, the carp escaped confinement and spread to the waters of the Mississippi River basin and other large rivers like the Missouri and Illinois.

    Asian carp are in direct competition with native aquatic species for food and habitat. Their rapid population increase is disrupting the ecology and food web of the large rivers of the Midwest. In areas where Asian carp are abundant, they have harmed native fish communities and interfered with commercial and recreational fishing.

    Experts are extremely concerned about the consequences of Asian carp invading the Great Lakes, where the carp would negatively affect the $7 billion-a-year fishing industry.
     
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    YIKES! Kinda like people letting pythons go in the Everglades, or introducing rabbits to Australia....:uhoh:
     
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    Beautiful shots, Diane - we have blue herons here too, they eat GOPHERS :yes: so we love them. I see them in the creek occasionally but have never seen one in a tree. Love the photo of Mindy she always looks so happy.
     
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    Yes! It is a terrible problem in the Great Lakes.
     
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    The heron really are serious hunters with precision strike capabilities.
     
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    Love the pictures and seeing Mindy’s always smiling face!
     
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    Love the shots Diane and the last pic of Mindy is perfect! I love the amount of nature walks I do because of Monty....although there are days when it's cold and raining yet you still have to go for a walk when you'd rather be staying warm and dry :lol:
     
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