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In late October, with the first snow of the season on its way, Canada geese were busy migrating to their winter homes. The lake aglow under the evening sun, provided a brief respite for the waterfowl.
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The natural shoreline of the lake had been restored with a vegetative buffer of native plants. Natural vegetation on the shoreline protects water quality, prevents soil erosion, and ensures wildlife survival. Download Preserving and Restoring Natural Shorelines (PDF file, 236 KB), Shoreline Vegetative Buffers (PDF file, 483 KB) and Native Trees, Shrubs and Plants for Shoreline Restoration (PDF file, 9.23 MB). Read more about healthy shorelines.
- Common Milkweed was in the process of dispersing its seed. One open pod (photo) looked like a bird. Milkweed coma was caught in a tree (photo). This native plant provides food for monarch butterflies. Click to Buy Common Milkweed !
- Goldenrod had gone to seed. Cultivated, European Goldenrod attracts many beneficial insects that provide natural pest control for your garden. Click to Buy European Goldenrod !
- Flocks of Canada geese had begun southern migration. The geese stayed in the air or on the water, and neither grazed on the natural shoreline nor the lawn beyond it. No goose droppings were seen. A cold front was rolling up from the south, and the flying-southbound geese turned around to fly northeast.
These waste items were found on or near the grass, around the sign:
- A hand-crushed, aluminum beer can beside a large rock.
- A tossed, aluminum beer can (other brand) by an evergreen tree.
- An empty, plastic, bathroom deodorant canister, in three parts, near the outhouse.
- A full dog poop bag under a deciduous tree.
- An empty, plastic cup that once contained sour gummy candy.
- A flattened, metal, energy drink can in the parking lot.
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