Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Plight of the Purple Martin

Mated Pair of Purple Martins - 
Photo in Museum at Ladysmith Marina Museum

Having been offline for a few days, readers will note that I am trying to catch up with a backlog of posts.  This one is about the environment--as I have observed it during this sailing trip to the Gulf Islands in the Strait of Georgia.  During our time on the open waters I haven't seen much sign of wildlife.  We have seen about a dozen harbor seals and a few small schools of herring leaping just above the waves in an effort to escape what must be a larger predator beneath.  We saw one small dolphin and we heard a couple of tourists bragging about catching a 30 lb Chinook Salmon off Gabriola Island.  That's it.  There are no oysters on the menus of any local restaurants...even restaurants with names such as "The Oyster Catchers".

The record breaking heat wave, lack of rainfall and historic forest fire season has certain brought home to many...that the environment here in the Pacific North West is under tremendous stress.  I wanted to, however, devote this post to the plight of the Purple Martin.  In Ladysmith Harbour we were moored next to a family of Purple Martins, who engaged us with their cheery chirping in the early morning...as the parents awoke their fledglings, got them up and out of the nest for a hearty breakfast.  You can see them in the video I shot and posted below:

Purple Martin Family nesting in
Ladysmith Harbour Marina

In the background of the video above you can see the hazy skies resulting from the smoke from the many huge forest fires burning in northern BC.  According to the weather forecast, the winds are supposed to pick up by Friday and carry the smoke away.  But what we really need is rain.  

Viewing the video above, one can hardly escape the conclusion that the invention and dispersal of pesticides throughout the planet is one of the worst things that humanity has ever done.  The story of the Purple Martin is a case in point at how the domino theory works...the Purple Martin depends on the dragonfly...which has been virtually irradicated by pesticides.  The dragonfly feeds on the mosquito...which is the target of the pesticides.  If we concentrated on bringing back the dragonfly, then we wouldn't need so much pesticides for mosquitos....it is a vicious circle.  Humanity needs to cease and desist the use of pesticides.  We MAY not be able to control the weather...but we certainly CAN control the use of destructive pesticides.  Get Rid of them!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Clear cut logging, old growth logging, and filthy politicians in bed with big multi national companies who are destroying BC is a big issue........for some people.

Anonymous said...

Come on gc , get back to work , your constantly on holiday !

greencrow said...

Hi Anon:

I agree that the corporate plunder of the environment is at the heart of the disappearance of the natural world...as we used to know it. Thanks for your comment.

greencrow said...

Hi Anon:

lol...are you thinking that my blogging is "work"? Or, do you assume that I have a "real" job?

Anonymous said...

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