dewy webs! and a rainy walk before the hurricane…

Yesterday was really foggy in the morning, and all the web work in the woods was dewy and really visible.

Webs on the forest floor, webs on leaves, on dried plants, everywhere…
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But the pretty ones were from the orb weavers.
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Even the ones on the chain link and barbed wire…
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Neither of these are the web weavers, but I thought it interesting they were hanging on the same leaf!
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I think it’s a Hickory Tussock Moth caterpillar along with a Harvestman (not a spider!).

We went for another walk here this morning, and the web work was all gone, presumably from the morning rain (early hurricane related rains). We walked farther today, and what we saw was a little depressing. This is out behind and below the airport in Augusta, in the area known as Bond Brook Recreation Area.

The city has been working over the past couple of years to create bike, snowshoe, and x-country ski trails down here. Part of me resents that my relatively private playground now has a lot more people there (and therefore I go less), but part of me is glad that people can enjoy the place. There was even a big winter ski festival/competition there last winter.

However, I strongly disagree with the city when they say that all of this is to the benefit of the environment. That before, the criss-crossing of little trails provided a lot of erosion. Sure, some ATVs would use the roads (gravel) and rights-of-way and even cause some erosion on the hill into the quarry pit. But it is nothing compared to what has been going on and continues to go on in the name of progress.

This is recent work,
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This is a tributary to Bond Brook, an Atlantic Salmon stream (also here)
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It usually runs pretty clear, even in heavy rains.

They did this last year, and it still heavily eroded. Because we know it is better to plow through a hill rather than walk (snowshoe/ski) over it.
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I think this is from last year too,
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All of this drains into the little streams that run into Bond Brook. Where is the erosion control that one usually sees in projects like this? It’s not like they have no idea this will happen. Hay bales, those little erosion fences… something. Especially around the streams/culverts.

I may notify the Maine Atlantic Salmon Commission.

3 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Yarndude said,

    August 28, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

    Wow, that website about the daddy longlegs was actually quite informative! That’s appalling what they’re doing to that park. It boggles my mind how easily humans can destroy the land without even batting an eyelash.

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    Chris said,

    August 28, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

    I think you should definitely notify the Salmon Commission – that mess doesn’t look like an environmental impact assessment was done before starting. :(

  3. 3

    Andra said,

    August 30, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

    I agree: notify the Atlantic Salmon Commission today.

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