North Carolina closes caves to the public trying to protect declining bat populations


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 weird

Retail landscaping to attract customer traffic

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.

Happy Day…Anna

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.

Going back to school at 56…..yea!

Oliver, The Praying Mantis

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…..

Is global warming a scam?

Wilmington NC sunset

Is global warming a scam? Do you believe in global warming? John Coleman, meteorologist and co-founder of the Weather Channel stated this week that he doesn’t believe in global warming. Also Accuweather says there is very little claim on global warming.

So with these two big guns and many other scientist joining the nay sayers…then what say you? i don’t believe in it because I believe that cycles exist. They aren’t trends because they are cycles. Joe Bastardi of Weather Bell believes the same.

There is a mega money campaign built on global warming and it has fewer and fewer followers as the truth comes out. Our president is still on board with the concept of global warming but if a Republican congress is elected in November then he will have a hard time convincing them to back his ideas. Global warming seems to be a mostly Democrat issue.

I really think America is tired of hearing about this topic because most of our country has no evidence of such a problem. We still have older American’s who remember the weather as being in cycles. The Dust Bowl wasn’t global warming it was farmers who plowed up all the land incorrectly so that when a drought did come….the dust blew for many states. The cycle ended and now we have a grain belt. Farmers learned to plow their land for better land use.

Do you believe in global warming because it’s just cool way of being accepted.? It fits the hippie hug a tree mode. Someone who only reads the articles in favor of their opinion will keep their head in the sand.

The are thousands of scientist, conservative Christians, and normal people out there who are keenly aware of taking care of the earth. You don’t have to be a global warming guru to be a conservationist. Some people think it is one way or the other. No actually…there are conservative people who are actually earth lovers. I’m one of them.

I’d be happy to get rid of plastics and I’d like everyone to have a vegetable and herb garden. I don’t believe in global warming but I do believe in being a smart consumer.