Center for Coastal Studies
Center for Coastal Studies
Every day we hear about different animals that our now sharing our space because they are hungry or have lost their way. This of course, is mostly our fault because we continue to take away their open space by building more and more commercial buildings, residential complexes and single or multi family homes. Where are these poor animals supposed to go if we keep taking away their space. How are we supposed to breath if we don’t have enough open space or greenery to help keep the air cleaner?
When your food supply diminishes what would you do? Most animals will keep moving until they can find both food and shelter. These days that often means they will end up in a backyard that is lined with lots of grass and is bordered by trees, which means they may end up at your front or back door. Be careful, when you are ready to leave for the day, you may have an unexpected visitor looking to share your food. Just yesterday Lake Mary, Fla. Resident Terri Frana was brutally attacked by a bear when going into her garage. Read her story here: Wildlife agency kills several bears after Florida woman mauled outside home.
Birds are having trouble finding places to nest, so much so, they will settle for utility lines to the point they are causing some problems. NStar is Looking To Lure Ospreys From Cape Utility Poles.
It should be our goal to make sure that there is adequate space for all of us to live so that we are not compromising the homes of our animals and that they won’t be compromising our homes.
I’ve driven through Brookline, Allston, Brighton, and Boston, I see so many vacant buildings some of which have been empty for years and some for decades. Still yet, I also see dozens of new buildings erupting in spaces that were thought to be a part of the Emerald Necklace. Other locations are spots that never had a building, but hold no known significance, then there are locations where at least two buildings and sometimes more have been demolished so that a new structure could be built. We hope that the jobs that are created by building these commercial spaces and homes will feed and house families that are in need. But there is always a sacrifice for everything we gain. Now we have all sorts of animals everywhere looking for a new home and food to eat. Do you want to be there when they are mad that they don’t find food? I know I don’t!
This is not just a problem on land, it’s also a problem on our beaches and in our oceans. Many Whales continue to be found all over. On Wednesday 9 Killer Whales died as they were found washed up on the South Island, on the Coast of New Zealand. Read the Story here: Nine Killer Whales Die In Rare Mass Beaching in New Zealand. There is also a group of 100 right whales feeding off the coast on cape cod. There is a large concern for their safety of course with all the ships etc. that frequent the area. It’s getting harder and harder to preserve the lives of endangered species as well as all human life forms. This is the problem you face when there is more concern for the monetary value or outcome that all projects will bring in the end, without considering how much more will be lost once all is said and done. Once we lose it, there may not be a way to get it back, especially if we are talking about endangered species. Is the price we pay in the end truly worth the reward? Somehow, I don’t really think so. Just some food for thought about how we are now sharing our space with random animals.
© Copyright 2014 Felina Silver Robinson
BOSTON — Members of a marine entanglement emergency team have released a minke whale that had become entangled in fishing gear about ten miles outside Boston Harbor.
A spokeswoman said experts from the Provincetown-based Center for Coastal Studies released the animal on Friday afternoon. Whale researchers located the entangled whale while in the area earlier in the week.
The juvenile whale had a buoy line wrapped tightly around its lower jaw. Experts from the Marine Animal Entanglement Response team returned to the location on Friday and saw the whale swimming in large circles, indicating that it was anchored in place by the fishing gear.
The spokeswoman said the whale swam off after members of the emergency response team cut the line.
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