Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Nice things do happen in the world. Could it ever happen here?

In case you missed this sweet story, I thought I would call it to your attention. This is something that sadly the likes of which we probably won’t see happen in our own country.

“Taiwan is to close one lane of a major highway to protect more than a million butterflies, which cross the road on their seasonal migration.”

“Taiwanese officials conceded that the decision to close one lane of the road would cause some traffic congestion, but said it was a price worth paying.
"Human beings need to coexist with the other species, even if they are tiny butterflies," Lee Thay-ming, of the National Freeway Bureau, told the AFP news agency.”

This is such a great story. You can see a picture of the little butterfly and read more about this story here.


Blogger sumo said...

Very pretty creatures...and it's about time a country put nature first.

March 27, 2007 2:19 AM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

I love that story! Makes me smile with hope for the Earth. We have the largest butterflies I have ever seen in the garden right now.

March 27, 2007 2:21 AM  
Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

There's a park near Santa Cruz, Ca that the Monarch migrate to every year. They cover the trees to the extent, you can't see the trees. They fly all around you.

It's an amazing site to see and be in and certainly gives the impression of what it may have been like prior to man taking over all the native areas!

Thanks for the linkage. A beautiful butterfly, to be sure!

March 27, 2007 3:23 AM  
Blogger Dr. Know said...

Being somewhat of an amateur lepidopterist, I find this story heartening. This is one of only a few species that perform mass migration. Monarchs, and Painted Ladies to a lesser degree, are the two species in the US that migrate on a massive scale. The Monarch is the only mass-migrating, clustering species, overwintering primarily in Califoria and Mexico.

As with many terrestrial animals, man-made roadways, particularly limited access highways, present a unique challenge to migrating species.

Kudos to Taiwan for considering the needs of imperiled wildlife. We all exist in an intricate web of interdependency on this earth.

March 27, 2007 3:31 AM  
Blogger michael the tubthumper said...

nice things happen and occasionally damn enteraining ones too...


March 27, 2007 3:36 AM  
Blogger PTCruiser said...

This post made me calm down just a little bit. Thank you, PoP.

March 27, 2007 4:25 AM  
Blogger Blueberry said...

What a refreshing story! That belongs on HappyNews.com

March 27, 2007 4:39 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Hopeful and optimistic story.

March 27, 2007 5:32 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

Great news for this particular butterfly species. We need the same awareness everywhere about animals that are challenged in their migrations by man made obstacles.

March 27, 2007 6:31 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

Such a great story, and what a beautiful butterfly. It reminds me of the story of the butterfly effect. Just think what is being created by saving a million pair of beating wings.

March 27, 2007 11:36 AM  
Blogger C-dell said...

That is real cool of them. I like the post beneth.

March 27, 2007 11:44 AM  
Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

A country with a heart? Well I'll be damned!

March 27, 2007 3:49 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

GREAT story!! Thanks for pointing it out.

March 27, 2007 4:20 PM  
Blogger BBC said...

In rural America you could get away with and enjoy something like that.

But in any big metropolitan area? Na, I don't see it. Try shutting down a freeway in Atlanta for example.

Those bible belters think their God will fix what they fuck up.

He, he, he, he.

March 27, 2007 6:27 PM  
Blogger Floridacracker said...

It does happen here.
Millions of dollars are spent to design or redesign highways with wildlife corridors to mitigate road impact on migration routes.

Just need more of it.

March 27, 2007 8:06 PM  
Blogger Pursey Tuttweiler said...

Those butterflies are so beautiful it is amazing. Bless the Taiwanese for protecting these beautiful, precious creatures. Their desire to co-exist with other species is what every human should have, desire. Desire to keep all of God's gifts safe and protected.

March 28, 2007 11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't mean to rain on anyone's parade, but the track record ain't great for Taiwanese business interests:


March 30, 2007 8:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somewhere, a spark of sunlight reflects off of a single tear running down a unicorns face.

March 30, 2007 9:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For Coffee Messiah (and all),

In southern Ontario, at Point Pelee and Long Point, on the shores of Lake Erie, in September, those butterflies gather in preparation for their long journey south. It's lovley to watch them enjoy the autumn goldenrod nectar, building strength for the flight.

March 30, 2007 2:12 PM  
Blogger Jersey Guy said...

Thanks for that, Patricia. As far as the U.S. goes, the so-called "Cree Prophecy for North America" looks like less and less of a legend every day:

"Only after the last tree has been cut down / Only after the last river has been poisoned / Only after the last fish has been caught / Then will you find that money cannot be eaten."


March 31, 2007 4:51 AM  

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