Spiders, Swans and Batten Reserve

ENVIRONMENTAL VANDALISM!

Governments care about the environment. Right?

They care so much that in Australia they’re bringing in a carbon tax to save the environment. Right?

Well, I wonder…

Take the situation in Lane Cove – and no doubt in many other areas right across Australia.

The Former Labor State Goverment rezoned the bushland in Batten Reserve to allow the building of 6 storey apartment blocks in it because it is a bush fire risk. Really? How incredible. Imagine that. Based on that analysis of the situation bushland will be hacked down everywhere. It could all go up in flames. Best to chop it all down to be on the safe side!

According to http://smh.domain.com.au/real-estate-news/bushland-doomed-to-build-more-apartments-20110323-1c5if.html the battle over the reserve is another flashpoint in the government’s campaign to squeeze more people into Sydney by requiring all councils to zone land for medium and high-density development to provide for 40 per cent growth in population over the next 30 years.

How wonderful! I nearly screamed on Friday after sitting for one and a half hours in a traffic jam up Carlingford way. How much more terrific it would have been if there were 40% more cars in it!

But if you value your local bushland, write to the federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke, and lobby the new state Liberal government to protect the bushland by reversing the earlier decision by the Department of Planning to rezone the Batten Reserve.

This is a very serious situation as it will be the bushland in your local council area that will go next. Otherwise how will there be enough room to increase Sydney’s population by 40% over the next 30 years.

And won’t it be delightful to live in Sydney then? It’s impossible to drive on the roads now! Imagine how public services will cope!

And I can’t help wondering how the proposed carbon tax to ‘save the environment’ meshes with this decidely destructive environmental proposal?

DO YOU LIKE SPIDERS?

 
 
 
 

Spiders in trees in Pakistan

 

Actually I quite like spiders. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t want them crawling up my arm or climbing into my bed. But I never kill a spider; I get a broom and catch the spider with it and put it out the window.  How hard is that?

We ought to realize that spiders are not anxious to tangle with us either. They want to save their valuable venom for catching their prey.

On that subject and as an aside, do you know what is a very valuable anti-venom that can be used if you don’t know what spider has bitten you? Vitamin C!

My friend who runs a farm was horrified when her dog was bitten by a snake and was rapidly fading away in front of her eyes. She didn’t have time to take it to the vet as the dog wouldn’t have lasted that long. She had no idea what snake had bitten the dog either.

She had read that Vitamin C is a universal anti-venom so she went to the fridge where she’d be keeping a couple of Vit. C injections for exactly this occurrence, and injected the dog behind its shoulder. Within a quarter of an hour he was right as rain. Completely cured!

Vitamin C would work on spider, snake and tick bites. Beats conking out! But you’d need to keep it in your fridge. Vit C injections can be bought from stock suppliers.

Well, back to my talk on spiders.

Millions of spiders have cocooned entire trees across Pakistan in a thick coating of web. The webs are also chockers with dead insects.

The spiders  were forced into the branches by last year’s devastating monsoon floods.

The spiders climbed into the trees in late July last year when monsoon rains flooded the regions of Sindh, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

The water took so long to recede that the spiders soon coated their new homes in a thick mesh of web.

The locals in the Sindh province are happy the spiders have stayed as they believe that the spiders’ webs have reduced the mosquito population, which carries the deadly malaria virus.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/8234251/millions-of-spiders-cocoon-trees-in-pakistan

So this is a good thing! Be kind to spiders!

DESPICABLE SWAN MURDER

 
 
 

 

What do you think of someone who could kill a swan?

Well yesterday some horrible teenagers in Melbourne, stoned a female swan to death. What was even worse, she was caring for her eggs.

Her partner has been caring for the eggs but he has to leave the eggs to get food sooner or later. Read more about it here. http://www.smh.com.au/environment/animals/youths-stone-swan-to-death-20110407-1d55e.html?amp Swans mate for life and now the poor male is waiting for his partner to return. He has no idea she is dead. What a heartbreaking and disgusting situation.

As awful as it is, it is by no means the first time such a thing has occurred. See http://www.pet-abuse.com/cases/1713/RI/US/ These low lives killed a swan the same way just recently. This time the act occurred in Providence, U.S.

A HAPPY EAGLE STORY

The Decorah Bald Eagles at Eagle Manor via the Ustream Live cam are thriving as a family. Thanks to Bob and the Raptor Resource Project in Iowa, bird watching of these animals is possible.

Watch them live on http://news.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474979205415 and http://news.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474979202155

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