Thursday, September 28, 2006

A Day of Change and Not a Good One

This is going to be a bad day here at Pop-ville. A bulldozer will be lunar-scaping the vacant lot next door. There are several dead pine trees on the lot. They fell victim to stress from the last three hurricanes to roll through here and then became infested with tree killing beetles. The owner of the lot feels it is more economically feasible to clear the entire lot rather than to take down only the dead trees and he’s probably right.

This lot is home to at least two black racers (snakes), several box turtles, at least one raccoon and several opossums, that I know of. Not to mention it is foraging habitant for birds of all sorts.

Where will these animals go if they survive the bulldozers attack? There isn’t much undeveloped land around this area for them to relocate to without harm.

Today the view from my kitchen window will be transformed from lush greenery to flat sand and dirt. It’s not going to be a good day for me and for the soon to be displaced animals who live next door to me. A change is coming and it’s going to be ugly and sad.


Blogger Jamie said...


I'm so sorry that your neighbors are losing their home. I hope they find another safe place to live and that your view improves rapidly with new growth.

September 28, 2006 4:51 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

Sorry about the tragedy PoP. It is always hard to watch such things especially when you know it will affect you directly not to mention knowing that the wildlife will be displaced or killed and there is nowhere left to go.
Keep your fingers crossed that the snakes and turtles dodge the bullet.

September 28, 2006 4:54 AM  
Anonymous Knox Rover said...

Sorry to hear that your pretty place will be less so by the end of the day. Your neighborhood critters will be disrupted, but they'll adapt.

I'm constantly amazed at the number of species living around me in the center of heavily urbanized San Diego. A family of raccoons lives in the storm drain of our very busy street. They cross our parking lot every night and forage in the subdivision up the hill. Brown rats live in the stone wall at the end of the parking lot. Hawks live in the tops of the eucalyptus trees and no doubt feast on the brown rats. There's a skunk somewhere nearby (I smell him!), lizards, birds, and an occasional coyote. Somehow, these creatures have become people/traffic savvy and have adapted to the mayhem, and they've done it much better than I have.

September 28, 2006 5:20 AM  
Blogger Pogo said...

It is very distressing to see what little undeveloped land in urban areas fall victim to the bulldozer. Hope the next owner doesn't feel like the lot's perfect for a McMansion. I think breaking your rule about drinking early in the day might appropriately be ignored today.

September 28, 2006 6:10 AM  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

Every year they bulldoze more forest and farmland around here to build more 500,000.00 mansions and condos. I drive to work on the same road that my schoolbus used. Fully 3/4 of the houses are new in the last 35yrs. I mourn every tree felled, every lot cleared.

It's beginning to look like Connecticut will turn into something similar to Greater LA(about the same size too..), and too soon for comfort.

September 28, 2006 8:13 AM  
Blogger Beach Bum said...

With the manic construction of subdivisons going around me I fully understand how you feel. Just a few months ago I had a nice wooded area to take the kids walking in but it has been bulldozed flat with at least 6 houses almost finished now.

September 28, 2006 9:03 AM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

I know, I know. Shakes head. I mourn every tree taken down. When they flattened an orange grove nearby, fruit rats were everywhere. Now there is a big shopping center where the orange grove stood. We are doing what we can to stop and/or slow down development. The bursting of the housing bubble has helped.

September 28, 2006 10:28 AM  
Blogger Rainbow Demon said...

Sorry POP...
Maybe you could transplant a few things on your lot, if you have the room...


September 28, 2006 10:51 AM  
Blogger isabelita said...

Yeah, and what is going to go up on that scraped dirt?
Out here in Seattle, we are suffering from a drive for "density" in the city limits, supposedly with the counter balance of less development out in the county. How do you think THAT'S going? Fucking construction industry is out to build on or pave over every last bit of land they can. The BIAW, or Building Industry Association of Washington, has been in cahoots with right wing religious groups to push through a "property rights" initiative like Oregon stupidly passed, which basically lets them build whatever wherever, as in gravel pits next to people's land,etc. They have been pouring moeny into the state supreme court races to stack our state court with their supporters.
This is GOP and "Libertarian" doings. They are truly taking dominion over the earth.
They've never seen a golf course or gated comunity they didn't like.
We truly need to stop this steamroller.

September 28, 2006 11:26 AM  
Blogger Sammi2u said...

I wonder how many of you’re neighbors will be bringing you and Mr. POP the dislocated animals ?!?

My family has a house in Maine and recently they started clear cutting trees very near us, it always breaks my heart to drive by it and see how desolate it looks.

Hope they all find new homes and your view improves quickly.

September 28, 2006 1:31 PM  
Blogger TheCultureGhost said...

Bloody hell...

September 28, 2006 2:49 PM  
Blogger Bryan said...

I keep tabs on my local Gulf Coast box turtle because he/she can bring development and clear cutting to a screeching halt by living on my block.

You try to explain to people that mature trees increase the price of the property, and their shade reduces the cost of air conditioning, but they don't listen.

There's nothing worse than a developer calling a development "Shady Oaks" because of the large live oaks that he bulldozed to build houses.

September 28, 2006 5:59 PM  
Anonymous Betty Cracker said...

That blows. Hope the displaced animals find a good home. This whole state will be paved before we know it. Damn it all...

September 28, 2006 7:42 PM  
Blogger BBC said...

Don't worry, someday someday Ms. God will take the area back, after she gets rid of the monkeys there that over populate areas they shouldn't be in.

'Humans' just never seem to get it. I'm close to the beach, but I don't live on it, she needs that area. Hugs.

September 28, 2006 8:23 PM  
Blogger sumo said...

Watch and if the critters come crawling over there and rescue them... and then find a home for them.

September 29, 2006 12:20 AM  
Blogger betmo said...

welcome to the new america pop- landscape is the same

September 30, 2006 7:16 AM  

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