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When Weather Happens
July 10, 2017

Meet Sophie, the newest member of the family.

She is a Munchkin, Calico Persian.

Think Wizard of Oz Munchkins, short legs and all.

While Miss Penny has her nose out of joint, Snickers is so exited to have a new little playmate.

In less than 12 hours, Snick, Snick was fast becoming friends.

I am sharing with you one last batch of fox pictures.

This encounter happened June 25th and I haven't seen them much since that day.

As the deer approached, there wasn't an issue, as times before deer and the foxes occupy the same territory.

But then the young buck stood on top of the den sight and the foxes, especially a couple of the young ones didn't like that.

It ended quickly with the deer chasing the foxes off into the woods.

They moves so fast I couldn't snap off one last.

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed and learned from these creatures these past couple of months.

I figure everyone is more independent and doing there own thing.

I will check in from time to time, but not every evening like I was.

(Fox Family, all 5 were there, one isn't in the picture.)

Early Friday morning (3:00, 3:30 AM) a weather event passed through.

One that wasn't predicted at all.

When two weather masses converged creating a huge down draft and straight line winds in the 80 to 100 MPH.

Downed trees and power lines, well over a 100, 000 homes, plus businesses with out power, some for days.

Fallen trees causing damage and one death in a nearby town.

I Know many of you experience harsh and deadly weather all the time and thing 'Big Deal'

This is western Michigan after all, where Lake Michigan usually beats storms down, not play a roll in creating this mess.

God is still in control, and Nature and the weather can be very unpredictable.

This plays into this weeks newsletter,

When Nature Happens


The Weather/When Nature Happens.

A few times in the past I have written on "When Nature Happens", or something along that line.

I have touched on what we may call 'Natural Disasters and are They' and 'How Cruel or Tough Nature Can be' and the Circle of Life'.

I've written on 'Shrinking Habitats' and even gave you my opinions on 'Global Warming or Climate Change'.

Not to mention a few other topics.

Some even controversial.

Who me, Controversial?

This time I am going to touch on the weather.

Not only does it affect you and me, but consider all of nature.

How does weather directly and indirectly affect plant and animal life?

I don't hardly know where to begin.

You've seen the programs on TV, animals dying from a lack of water, too much water, heat etc.

Weather plays a major roll in all of our lives.

Indeed, we often plan our days ahead around the weather forecasts.

Heat, cold, rain, dry, floods,droughts ..............

They all play a major roll.

Now, toss in severe storms that can alter the landscape in seconds and we have a whole new ballgame.

This year has been life altering for many people due to the weather.

Drought, fires, floods, tornadoes, snow storms, heat, etc.

You know and understand how the weather effects you, how does the weather effect the plant and animal life where you live?

When Nature Happens:

Yes, the weather plays a huge roll, even for insects.

Heavy rains .................

High waters and floods.

You may have experienced some standing water or floods this past year.

What happens to certain insect populations during high waters.

Yes, mosquito populations explode, but what happens to other insects?

Bumblebees and others are mostly ground dwellers.

Bee hives and nest are destroyed, setting back the bee population and many of your native pollinators.

(Is this why you lack bees this year?)

Something we really don't think about too often, even when we notice a lack of bees.

What happens to waterfowl, and many of our ground nesting birds?

Not to mention nests that are woven so tight, that eggs can rot and babies drown.

What happens to rabbits, mice and other creatures?

Nature Happens, and often it can be unforgiving.

A late snow storm in Mexico wreaks havoc on the hibernating Monarch butterflies.

A cold snap in the south delays the milkweed growth the same monarchs need to reproduces.

A drought and fire burns off the same milkweeds and flowers for nectar.

The monarch is in danger and it is barely on its journey north.

This is but one example.

When weather happens, it provides control systems to insure a healthy and genetically sounds population.

In a healthy environment and habitats, these issues would mostly go unnoticed as populations make a quick rebound.

In locations where certain populations of wildlife are threatened or endangered, every one counts.

When heavy rains and high waters take out Loon nests and Trumpeter swans, it gets noticed.

Do you even stop to think about our ground nesting, furry critters?

What about all of life when a massive tornado comes calling with little warning?

Just think of all the animal life lost in the path of a tornado.

Hurricanes too.

Natural fires (lightening strikes) caused by the weather are also one of Nature's cleansing tools.

The weak are taken.

Forests and fields are cleansed, and new life explodes.

Heat and drought, can also wreak havoc on plants and animals.

In times of drought, fewer animals survive and with some species, fewer are born and in extreme cases, none at all.

This starts at the bottom of the food chain and works its way to the top.

Fewer mice and deer, means fewer foxes, wolves, certain birds of prey, and so on.

Fewer flowers and plants, means fewer insects, seeds, and fruits, which translates into fewer fledgling birds.

Parent creatures can't possibly feed themselves and youngsters too, when food is scarce.

In times of drought, some plants die completely.

However, many of our regional, native plants are created to survive lean times.

Natives often go into dormancy to save energy.

Native plants have been surviving natural ups and downs since the beginning of time.

Introduced species..... maybe not so.

Yes, Nature Happens:

Weather extremes happen.

What about the snow and cold that most of us get?

Native plants and animals once again, equipped to handle the elements of winter.

Some animals will join most plant life and go into hibernation or dormancy.

Those creatures that don't hibernate,
grow a winter coat of fur and for birds, many species grow more feathers.

Some bird species migrate.

Animals generate more heat by shivering (often we can't see).

Many store up fat reserves or move to better feeding grounds (migration).

Winter birds will pick out a winter feeding ground and you can help.

In severe winters with heavy, heavy snow, some animals and birds will die off.

This again removes the sick and weak, which insures a stronger/healthier population.

If the previous summer was bountiful, more will survive.

Nature Happens:

Creation has a wonderful check and balance system.

We have a little more than a century of recorded weather.

Only 30 plus years of satellite pictures of the poles, and so called experts paint a picture of thousands of years.

Still, scientists can go back in time to some degree and discover ups and downs in temperature and weather conditions.

From Ice ages, to droughts and what lived where and pretty much when.

Records show that the Vikings colonized Greenland a thousand years ago.

Yet today, scientists want to panic us about Greenland's ice melting and flooding the globe.

Where was this ice 1,000 years ago and why wasn't the earth flooded then?

Even with all of the human destruction and attempts to ruin or beautiful earth,

Creation not only provided checks and balances, but also provides room for hick-ups when things get off kilter.

Nature Happens ........................

Weather Happens ....................

Shrinking habitats.................

That's up to you and me my friends.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless,

"You cannot add to the peace and good will of the world if you fail to create an atmosphere of harmony and love right where you live and work".

Thomas Dreier

There will always be worldly turmoil, seek His peace.

Jesus said it like this...........

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.

I do not give to you as the world gives.

Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14:27

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb.

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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