Over the past couple of weeks, there has been an influx of coyotes into New York City. Coyotes have showed up in almost every borough, and are causing quite a stir in the city streets. I love animals, and I like seeing them naturally in their habitats, but it is always alarming when their habitats start merging with major cities. The case of coyotes in the city is alarming because they have been in New York State for years, but they have never had a reason to journey so deep into the city. Where I live, there are nature preserves and wooded areas, so the occasional coyote or dear sighting does happen, but in the heart of Manhattan this is unprecedented. My concern is that all of the new developments in upper New York are forcing these animals to find new homes, and a new food source. The city is rapidly changing, and while these new developments are creating short term construction jobs, they are possibly hurting our environment and causing harm to wildlife. Government officials need to reevaluate the locations where urban development projects can occur, because coyotes and other wildlife are not only harmful to themselves, but very harmful to children and pets. Hopefully this episode of coyote vacations to the city ends swiftly, with no injury to man or beast.
Today is Earth Day, a day in which people try and do their best to fix what human industrialization has done to the earth. Earth Day was created as a way to shine a light on the problems plaguing the planet, as well as to look at ways we can improve how we interact with the Earth. I am all for the idea that we can implement small changes to make the world a better place, I am especially interested in changes we can make to help the people of the world live safer lives. I am not a huge environmentalist, but I love nature and I love animals, anything that can preserve the way I see nature for future generations is acceptable as long as it doesn’t harm the people of today. Our planet is important, but if there are no people on it to enjoy it, all of the environmental initiatives enacted today will be for nothing. I would like to see more international clean water programs created, in order for people in third world countries to gain access to this much needed resource. If we can start a new “clean energy” revolution in less developed counties, we may actually be able to completely do away with the issues man has likely caused on this planet. I hope the citizens of this planet use the next decade to not only improve our interactions with the planet, but also to make Earth a safer, more inhabitable place for all.
I feel like I have been on a bird kick as of late, and it is completely unintentional. I am just pretty excited about what I just saw, I was walking around my neighborhood and I saw a blue jay. A blue jay is not exactly my favorite animal, but every time I see one I am brought back to memories of my childhood, when they were more common. I would just marvel at the sight of a blue colored bird, since blue was my favorite color and blue jays were so different from every other common city bird. Blue jays always interested me because they were more flashy than the standard pigeon or wren that I saw everyday in New York City, and while other children were busy chasing birds, I was searching for the lone blue jay in a group of pigeons, just looking for a chance to admire the unique bird. Before today it has been about 7 years since I have last seen a blue jay in my neighborhood, and seeing that one bird has really brightened my mood, the weather is getting warmer and hopefully the blue jay population is increasing in my area. I was unable to snap a clear photo of the bird I saw today but I did find an awesome shot online that id like to share, hopefully it brightens your day as it did mine.