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Friday, June 17, 2011
A Manmade Wildlife Sanctuary on Walnut Street
The basin was designed to receive water from the highschool's roofs and a parking lot or two, but the unusual plant diversity is sustained by the high school's sump pump. "Old Faithful", I call it, because it pumps water from the basement year round, every fifteen minutes or so.
Liking cattails, we allow them to grow in one corner,
Stop by sometime when you're on Walnut Street, on the back side of the school. It can be fun to watch the goldfinches and sparrows bomb around, ducking into the cover of a willow, eating seeds, feeding their fledglings and singing their proud songs atop last year's dried stalks of hibiscus.
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Steve, I always love the liveliness of your posts - as though I were, yet again, on a memorable nature walk with you. Thank you for linking to NJ WILD - and for letting me use your recent post re beavers to continue my protest at this unconscionable act in one of our sacred Nature preserves.ReplyDelete
Best to you, always, Carolyn
lively, fascinating, delightful, Steve, as if on nature walkReplyDelete
I'll try one more time re comment - why must it be so complex
so appreciate your linking to NJ WILD
Carolyn Foote Edelmann
Do you know of any science programs this summer that involve using and studying the ecolab wetland at PH?
pfirbas at gmail dot com
For some reason, I don't always get notified that someone has commented on a post. Finally found this one waiting to be published, 8 years later! Not that you still are waiting for an answer, but I wish the ecolab was being used more for education. The high school sometimes has me come to talk to a class about it, or help supervise workdays.Delete