Trouble In Paradise

disappearing birds

Years ago my wife and I decided to move out of the city and into this quiet, wooded valley. I, a retired builder no longer in sync with the rhythm of the modern world was looking for a place to chill out and get back to nature. My wife, a life long naturalist, wanted nothing more out of life than to own a cabin in the woods and live there in peace with a man that loved her . . . she got both. We got both.

For the last ten or so years, after we personally built this place up, we have lived in close proximity to a plethora of creatures both large and small. We have many birds at our feeding stations. . . we have deer, turkey, raccoons, opossum, bobcat, snakes of all species. Under the guest cabin there lived a six foot black snake. (I haven’t seen for a few years)

We have ginseng and many other herbs growing wild in our woods and we have two fine springs we developed, one for usage, the other I’m holding in reserve just in case. I have figured all the angles just in case the preppers are right and the SHTF like they say. We are as close to self sufficient as we can get.

Life was not perfect, but nice . . . it all started souring this summer with the disappearing birds. They were still around, but in much lower numbers. We figured they found better seed in the natural world and would be back when it got cold. I noticed the snake population was not right, they were not in the wood pile or under the cabin or anywhere in the woods. I noticed the big wolf spiders were gone from my tool shed, actually ALL the spiders were gone. I noticed the bees were gone (the species that were not honey bees. They left long ago.) The carpenter bees were fewer . . . the hornets were fewer . . . yellow jackets were fewer . . . the swarms of ladybugs didn’t show up this year. . . even the nasty stink bugs were far fewer. We began to worry and to wonder. My wife called the State and the young know-it-all that managed it practically laughed at her.

The 12 squirrels I used to chase from the feeders every day stopped coming around . . . the chipmunks too . . . as well as the possum who came at night and stole the cat food . . . and the raccoons who came too. Even the deer seemed to be fewer this season . . . and our pet turkey hasn’t been around.

The crawling insects are also disappearing . . . ants . . . beetles . . . flies . . . stick bugs . . . worms . . . centipedes . . . etc. Everything I can think of (except seemingly the deer ticks) are gone!

WTF is going on? They said it was the hawks, but we know better cause there has always been hawks and owls and vultures. I thought it was the Monsanto garbage they put on the cornfield by the river . . . or the fracking injection well on the other side . . . but now what I think is happening is far worse than I could have imagined . . .  

Watch these videos and you will see why I am so disturbed.

https://youtu.be/ybc3odsZbs4

 

3 comments

  1. This makes me think, more than I want to. We haven’t had bees for years, but I don’t really grow a lot of flowers that would attract them. I have often wondered about the GMO plants, and if the pollen emitted from those plants aren’t properly nurturing the insect world.

    1. It must be heady stuff to have the ability to shape shift DNA into a more usable form but then nature has evolved into it after many eons and we peanut heads think we can do a better job of it . . . I suppose Dr. Frankenstein felt that way also.

  2. James, you’re starting to scare me. You’re in the trenches with what seems to be going on here, and I appreciate the observations, but, alas, unless a definitive cause and effect connection is discovered, there doesn’t seem to be much we can do about it. Is there?

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