Daily Archives: July 18, 2014

Random Five Friday

Five little random thoughts today:

1.) My neighbor gave me a “shoot” off her plumeria tree a couple of weeks ago. She said I really didn’t need to root it, to just plant in some soil.  I did….and I babied it. And almost all the leaves fell off. And I thought it was doomed. And then, yesterday, I noticed a bloom and what appear to be several buds. Until I researched plumeria for this post, I didn’t realize that these are the trees where flowers for Hawaiian leis are found.

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2.) Last weekend, on my antiquing trip with my friend, I found two treasures: a small anchor and this blue spatterware pot, perfect for yellow zinnias.

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3.) Motor Man and I continue to be amazed (okay, me more than him) at “our” hummingbirds. I know at least two have found our feeder, and I managed to get this picture of one of them yesterday. From information I found online, I think this may be a juvenile male ruby-throated hummie.

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4.) Recently, I’ve been awake and out of bed just before sunrise. This was yesterday’s; I’m so glad I didn’t sleep through this one. Maybe one day, I’ll make a video, so you can hear the quiet of the morning, the birds and the sound of  work boat engines in the distance.

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5.) Thank you all so much for your support for the Corolla Wild Horse issue I mentioned in yesterday’s post.  In that post, I wrote that I wasn’t sure why legislature was involved in bringing in more ponies to breed with the Corolla horses. It’s a lengthy explanation I received from the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, the organization who cares for the horse, but I’m sharing it in its entirety here:

USFWS, (United States Fish andWildlife Service) who owns 1/3 of the land accessible to the wild horses (the rest of the land is privately owned by individuals and LLCs), defines them as a non-native, feral, invasive species and a pest animal. When the horses were moved to their current location in 1997, a management plan was put in place that called for a herd size of 60. This number was not selected based on science but merely a number upon which all parties could finally agree.Although I provided USFWS with peer reviewed science in 2007 that places the herd size at 120 – 130 as the genetic minimum, they continue to insist that the number be 60. We are down to one maternal line. Managing this herd at 60 would be managing for extinction. The Shackleford Banks wild horses experienced the same issue in the late 90s prompting the 1998 Shackleford Banks Act. This law mandates that the herd size be 120 – 130 with never less than 110. That is what I am asking for as well. The Shackleford herd has three maternal lines. In addition to mandating a herd size of 120 – 130 with never less than 110, the Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act allows for introductions of Shackleford horses into the Corolla herd in order to increase genetic diversity. Without legislation, USFWS could decide at any time to deal with the wild horses the same way in which they deal with other invasive species – eradication. It is important to also note that during our last annual aerial count only 11 horses were on any USFWS property (3,000 acres).”

So you see just how important it is that something be done to help these horses. Sad to think  that their fate seems to be caught up  in… politics. I’ll keep you posted.

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~These Days Of Mine~