I see deer, turkey hens, squirrels, pigeons, occasionally doves, chickadees, ducks, geese, herons and hawks. I enjoy the walks. I find that it helps me clear my head and feel better.
In my walk I have discovered that the deer are going to convenience stores and Tim Horton's. I figure it must be them because they are skittish and run when people walk into their grazing or path crossing areas. In their panic they drop their Tim's, snack wrappers and water bottles. It must be the deer because I don't think an intelligent person would deliberately toss garbage in the bushes and along the trails in a conservation area, do you?
I admit I have never seen a deer at Tim Horton's. I am not sure they have any money. I don't think they drink coffee, eat chocolate bars or chips or drink bottled water.
In the litter mentioned above I didn't say anything about the litter and garbage along Bayley. I see everything from applesauce jars to zippers.
One day over the next week I'm going to take a plastic grocery bag with me and pick up some of the litter in Lynde Shores. I'm going to take it home and weigh it. I'll let you know how much I picked up.
I'm not sure what to do about the litter along Bayley. If I stopped to pick up even a small portion of it I would fill several big green garbage bags.
The biggest question that has come up is Why? Why do people litter? Why can't they take their used containers, wrappers, bottles, etc. home and put it in the garbage? The damage litter does to the environment is horrendous. Litter kills plants and animals. According to Red Worm Composting
it takes 75 days for a Tim Horton's coffee cup to compost. In the experiment they used a proper composter. A cup lying on the ground won't compost as quickly. The lids are plastic and don't compost.
If we all put garbage where it belongs and picked up a few pieces of litter every day do you think we could make a positive impact?