North Carolina closes caves and mine shafts to the public trying to protect declining bat populations. They are very sick and dying in record numbers.
“Entry into caves or mine shafts in the national park is prohibited until March 2015.
This closure has been initiated due to recommendations issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concerning white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that more than 5,700,000 cave dwelling bats have died from white-nose syndrome, and many more bats are at immediate risk.” per article titled Caves
“A bat with White-Nose Syndrome has white fungus growing on its nose, toes, and wing webbing. One of the most at-risk bat species is the Little Brown Bat, because it hibernates in caves where the fungus grows. A social bat that’s common on the East Coast, the Little Brown is one of the bats you’re likely to see swooping across the sky at dusk. Right now it numbers over 6.5 million, but scientists think that this entire species could be extinct in 20 or fewer years as White-Nose Syndrome spreads.” Cave Bats in Crisis
Funeral tracking the family garden sounds so weird but it happens and can be helpful to the grieving family.
Funeral tracking requires that you read the obituaries and call on the grieved. They share stories about their lost one and hopefully will share cuttings and diggings from the garden if one exist.
You can build a memorial garden for the family in your own gardens or you can donate your time and the plants to a local public garden site. It looks really pretty to have a statue. ( sharing you time for the public garden means you can take home some cutting for your garden). Often times the family will want to put a plaque in the garden with a poem or something that honors their loved one.
If there isn’t a service like this in your area then you should consider starting one.
I created the garden above at June DeLugas Interiors in Clemmons, NC . It’s not a memorial garden but it does show the use of a statue.
I’m going back to school at age 56! I will share later on what school if I get accepted. The last transcript was mailed today to my college of choice.
I’m going to get a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in biology and anatomy. It’s the most needed area of teaching.
I’m also going to take some media study classes so I can bring the outdoors in to the classroom like never before. I like hands on teaching where everyday the student experiences something that excites their senses. I taught biology for several years at a Christian school. I loved it.
So cheer me on……here I go….vroom vroom vroom…..
I’m bringing back the Best Garden Blog awards at a brand new site that will be gorgeous. Anyone can enter and upon inspection of your site, I’ll add you to a list by state and/or country. The only rule is that most of your blog must be about gardening and that you post at least once a week. The winner will be on my sidebar for the week. They will be on the front page of the new Best Garden Blogs website also.
A list of the entries for each week will be put up for a vote. You will see how it works after we get our first entries.
You have until November 7th to add your blog.
Leave a comment below with your name and a link to your blog. If you don’t have a previously allowed comment then I will have to ok you. I check my site once a day at least.
The Best Garden Blog award widget will be revealed soon.