Goodness! I must be so anxious for the cooler weather to come that I moved the calendar ahead a day. Meanwhile on the other side of the world and in the Southern Hemisphere, as we begin to think about fall, people in New Zealand are thinking about spring where the temperature today is a nice 61 degrees Fahrenheit.
In this early spring down there, they are also reintroducing native species of birds, including one thought to be extinct – the Takahe, a wingless flightless bird traced back to the prehistoric Pleistocene era. The conservationists in this project are also working to eliminate certain kinds of predators brought in by European settlement.
So inadvertently we bring in species accompanied by their bugs which then delight in the new variety of plants for munching. All our actions have consequences, from bugs we never expected to the decisions of governments and corporations to open up areas of national parks to oil exploration. Like Humpty Dumpty, putting nature back together again is more than a daunting task.