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  •  You don't need to be a herpetologist (10+ / 0-)

    To see what's been happening with amphibians.  When I was a kid growing up outside LA there were amphibians everywhere--Western Toads in the roses, Pacific Tree Frogs on the patio wall, slim salamanders under backyard rocks, newts in the flood control channels.  This wasn't backwoods nature--they were everywhere.  Jeez, I used to accidently run toads over with the hand mower all the time.  (I managed to save the life of one toad, who ended up with a stump of a leg.  I had him a long time and named him Peter Stuyvestant).  By the time my kids were growing up in Berkeley it was a rare thing to see amphibians.  I had to take them way up to Tilden Park in the hills to see frogs and newts.

    Now in Atlanta, living amid greenery, close to a creek, I never, ever see a frog or toad.

    I count this as one of the true tragedies of modern life.  Gone without a peep.

    •  I experienced the same thing in California growing (6+ / 0-)

      up.

      Urban sprawl decimated our native amphibians with all the
      cementing of our natural waterways and the destruction of our vernal pools in the fields. That's why some of us are clinging desperately to anything resembling open spaces in our urban areas and the re-creation of semi-wild areas wherever possible. You're right: it's a true tragedy in our time, and one of my and our greatest nostalgias: for the
      nature of the past. That's what we "old-timers" do when we get together now: talk about the good ol' days when we were a kid.

      I too saw western toads hopping across my moist lawn at night right next to a busy boulevard in Los Angeles in the nineteen fifties.

      "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

      by Wildthumb on Mon May 27, 2013 at 10:15:57 PM PDT

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