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Oh, Oh, who are the species in your neighborhood?

In Your Neighborhood?

In Your Neighborhood?

Say, who are the species in your neighborhood?

The species that you meet EACH DAY!!!

In North America, English house sparrows, European starlings, and domestic cats are invasive species. I think feeding them is normally okay, but only if you keep them and their offspring CONFINED to your property PERMANENTLY and away from the natives they would harm.

Unlike with most people who follow the events scheduled by commercially successful professional sports companies, the home team I root for doesn't import players from around the country and for them it's not a game, it's life or death. In my opinion, one of the greatest perks for choosing the Erie County Natives is that I actually get to see some of my favorite team members in person regularly, even daily. Not to brag, but some even know me personally.


I have known Tilly Dee for six years. She is very precious to me. Knowing her has brought me great joy. I hope that, like with pets, the emotional attachment from a human makes her life valued as worthy of protecting by other humans, but I do not believe that is what gives her life significance.

She is a being with emotions, who feels stress, who knows fear, who feels pain, cold and hunger. She has raised young. She has taught them and her community. She is an excellent, experienced sentinel who protects her family and community and warns them of danger. I often have a hard time distinguishing her by sight, but she has her own way that lets me know its her.

Her species has been on this land for hundreds of thousands of years. In the past few hundred years, their landscape has been utterly transformed by a culture of one species that generally looks at any other form of life that a member of its own species isn't emotionally attached to as something to exploit as much as deemed useful and lay waste to without restraint on a whim. From other continents it has brought species to exploit, some for food, some for clothing, some for aesthetics, some for amusement, some for companionship, some just out of carelessness. Many have run rampant across what precious little the humans have left of the land for the wild.

By and large, the humans don't seem to care. Not only do they feel no obligation to reverse the damage their kind has done, they still feel entitled to fill their own personal green space with non-native, even invasive plants, or just cover it in rocks or cement to avoid the trouble of maintenance, land pwned. The animals that they subsidize for their own amusement largely weren't here before that dude sailed the ocean blue and they directly attack and kill chickadees and other native beings like Tilly and attack their nests as well.

Mang Park, Kenmore, NY, US has biodiversity!

When being supported by living earth, bare feet allow for a more nuanced perception of how much it gives.

A recent survey found that one out of one toads preferred humans to not wear footwear.


Without supplementation, Vitamin B12 can be virtually absent from the vegan diet and is typically the main deficiency responsible for the vegan malnutrition horror stories passed around from the news. If your foods aren't fortified enough with it, a bottle of 365 1mg B12 tablets can be purchased for about $12 or less. If you divide them up into US RDA doses, that's a 415-year supply at less than $0.03/year. Another deficiency is D. D2 needs to be converted by the body to D3, which is often considered better nutrition. It is usually derived from animals, but it can be obtained from lichens at a higher price or often as a free by-product of supplementing a more common modern deficiency, time outdoors with nature.

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