Baird Hill Ducks and Mount Kilimanjaro

[I wrote this post on November 3, 2009.  I have been writing about the Baird Hill Pond lately and decided to bring this forward to the front page and make it public.]

This morning at about 7:15 a.m. CST, I spied a flock of ducks on the Baird Hill Pond.  This is my first trip by the pond since last Thursday (no ducks then) and with daylight savings time over, the dawn’s light illuminated the pond.  From my pickup, I saw a flock of about fifteen ducks, paddling in the middle of the pond.  Their presence shows that the pond sustains life.  Whether or not the pond gains additional flocks remains to be seen, but the pond may be reconstructing itself.

Mt. Kilimanjaro snow cap is melting fast.  Whether this is the result of global warming is unknown, but suspected.  Arctic Ocean is opening up, Antarctica’s ice shelves are breaking up, and second homes (MacMansions) disturb the Taos Indian annual rabbit hunt.  Baird Hill pond is losing its vegetation, but ducks are there today.  How many more canaries have to die before we stop the misuse of our resources?

New York Times article on Mt. Kilimanjaro



Photo by Stephen Morrison on European Pressphoto Agency, as cited in The New York Times link above.

I think it was Borges that wrote once that a dead jaguar was found way up the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, beyond his or her range by several thousand feet.  Why?  What so possessed the jaguar to seek the mountain, going beyond what was familiar?  Borges or whomever it was wrote a short explication of their theory.  I have mine and I shall post about it one day.


Filed under Ducks, Life Out of Balance

5 responses to “Baird Hill Ducks and Mount Kilimanjaro

  1. Koda'sTotems

    Amen, Jack. Amen.


  2. Kittie Howard

    Oh, Jack, you were so on target. Two years ago we drove across the Swiss alps, in June, when there should have been tons of snow on the mountains. We finally saw splatches of an icy patch. Yet I know people (more than a few) who insist there is no such thing as global warming, that everything’s going to be honkey dorey.—Oh, pass the smelling salts, I feel a case of the vapors coming on.

  3. In our lifetime we will probably see only the beginning of the end. Overpopulation—the major cause of so much sweeping destruction, continues to shape our planet. The immediate needs of the masses take precedence over rational solutions, but in the end nobody wins. It comes down to politics like always. If human activity is the major cause of global warming, fixing it will rest on the human ability to change. I don’t hold much hope—but someday populations may become sick or diseased—then whoever is left will want to live.

    Do you think we’re being cynical or just realistic?

    • Realistic. Overpopulation is a major cause, then with populations comes over consumption and social hierarchies. Classes institutionalize their needs and objectives….

      Nobody wins in the end. Immediate needs. Politics. The seizure of power is the most important goal that we, as naturalists and tolerationists (gotta be a better term), should have.

      I would have thought that the New Deal and Progressivism, with all its attendant successes, would have survived. I woke up several years ago to find out that the Texas Legislature had gone Repubican and were trying to cut taxes which means, writ large, cut services. Starve the beast, they say. Well, I say, feed you to the beast, one piece of flesh at a time.

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