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מרץ 16, 2020

March 16, 2020 - Wasatch Hollow Journal

Wasatch Hollow Nature Preserve and Open Space Journal

March 16, 2020

At this point, there is a new world all around us in terms of the impact of Covid-19 and public health challenges. I have noticed more people going “outside” and walking in the local parks; perhaps a rediscovery and a therapeutic approach to dealing with stress and uncertainty.

We have moved into daylight savings time and we are on the verge of almost 12 hours of daylight (closer to the equinox). Sunrise is at 7:36 am and sunset at 7:36 pm. The sun is climbing higher up into the sky with an altitude of 48 degrees at noon. The temperature today is about 60 degrees, but March temps can fluctuate.

I have observed Chickadees, Dark-eyed Juncos, Fox Squirrel, and multiple sightings of Accipiters in the area; and I hope to see Cooper’s Hawks nesting in the trees in the open space. I was able to observe many bulbs and green shoots appearing in the area – surely a sign of spring. Emigration Creek is running high but can go much higher – I think – due to snow melt in the mountains.

I have hauled out about 5 bags of garbage and trash on my walks. Some people just throw their litter on the ground and keep walking. There are still signs of vandalism of fences and destruction trees (with an axe) – and I cannot determine why this has to happen; to me it shows disrespect at minimum, but I worry about some individuals who show this behavior; what are the anxious about? what is driving their anger so that they vandalize public open spaces?

I try to absorb the therapy of the green space, while still serving as steward. It is dissonance to have a “place” show the potential of healing and stress reduction – and – as a place with signs of human behavior that is crude and reckless.

At the end of the day – if I can see one Cooper’s Hawk, pick up trash, and walk the loop – then it outweighs all else.

פורסם ב מרץ 16, 2020 02:29 אחה"צ על־ידי hawksthree hawksthree | 5 תצפיות | 0 comments | הוספת תגובה

מרץ 24, 2020

March 24, 2020 - Wasatch Hollow and Open Space Journal

We have passed through the spring equinox and today - the day length goes from 7:23 am to 7:44 pm
or 12 hours, 21 minutes of sunlight. The sun at 44.4 degrees altitude and climbing higher each day. Plenty of signs of new growth from the soil that is warming up, but this week the temps will be a bit colder with rain and possibility of light snow.

The creek is running high and somewhat silty with runoff from soil and debris.

I was able to observe Cooper's Hawk(s) in the area and Mule Deer (3 of them) along the creek-side.

I have noticed more people walking the trails in the "Hollow" and perhaps this is due to the experience
of "getting out of the house" more - given thew Covid-19 virus - and the need for social distancing and the need to be active and outdoors. It is good people can enjoy nature and the nature preserve - in these times.

פורסם ב מרץ 24, 2020 05:55 אחה"צ על־ידי hawksthree hawksthree | 7 תצפיות | 0 comments | הוספת תגובה