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Red Tailed Hawks Frogs and Butterflies

Red Tailed Hawks Frogs and Butterflies
Red Tailed Hawks Frogs and Butterflies

The effects that DDT had on the birds frogs and butterflies when I grew up as a child in Plainville, Connecticut, and how things have changed over the years. Watching a decline in the frogs, birds, and butterflies, to an increase, at last!!!

I remember going down to the brook that flowed through our back yard. there were always peepers in the spring and bull frogs through out the summer and fall. You could hear them all the time at night. Every Spring and summer the town would come and spray DDT. I used to see the Red Tailed Hawks when we went for drives. The DDT took about 5 years to really show it's affect. The first couple years it really killed the mosquetoes, but it also killed the peepers and Bull Frogs and weakend the egg shells of the Hawks and Eagles. I would take and clean out a five pound peanut butter jar and put milkweed leaves in the jar, punch holes in hte top and go anyplace milk weed grew, and find Monarch Butterfly larve and put them in the jar. I would watch as they went from larve stage, to pupa and them chrystlis. And finally the day when the Monarch would be butterflies. I would then release them back into the wild. To this day, I look for the Monarch larve, and don't find any. This devasting effect took the birds, frogs and peepers over 20 years to come back from. Today, I hear the peepers in the Spring, but no bull frogs in the summer. I can finally see Red Tailed Hawks in abundance here and I have even seen a Bald Eagle soaring in the sky here. Nature and all of the creatures in it, especially the animals on the endangered spieces list should be well protected and saved from extinction so our children's children and all the generations to follow will be able to see the beautiful butterflies, listen to the frogs croak and peep, birds sing their beautiful songs in the wild as Nature intended. All of these gifts are for all to share and for all to take care of, so that everyone can see, hear and enjoy them all in their own natural habitat, and not a man made habitat. It is our job to see to it that all of this is saved for future generations to see and hear.

 

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