Party time on Marsh Creek

Common merganser wonders ...Below and in front of the porch rail, the surface of Marsh Creek is smooth like a 200-year-old farmhouse window pane, smoothly rippled as the flow wanders and eddies its way to lower elevations. Reflections of creekside oaks and sycamores decorate the translucent surface of the flow, itself browned from nearby mountains’ muddied runoff – poor man’s fertilizer, some farmers call it –in rounded jaggies across the stream. A short way up the creek, mated Red-tailed hawks and a few Bald eagles prepare for their new families.

Across the glassine stage at the foot of the hill there pass pairs of Canada Geese, a few mallards and their current loves – Canada geese mate for life, mallards for convenience – and a clan of mergansers.

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We call her “Mother” Nature

Ag is the greatest contributor of toxic runoff, mostly because fertilizer and herbicides are rarely applied to paved streets in town.If a company can be granted personhood, why not a lake, especially a lake that is a primary freshwater supply. Voters in Toledo, Ohio answered that question last month, saying Lake Erie has the right “to exist, flourish, and naturally evolve” – rights normally enjoyed by a person.

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