Friday, September 26, 2008

Watercress Darter Debacle

Etheostoma nuchale, Watercress darter. Photo by Patrick O'Neill

The entire global distribution of the watercress darter consists of five limestone springs in Jefferson County, Alabama, making it one of the most critically imperiled fishes in North America. The species was listed as endangered by the Department of the Interior in 1970 partly due to the vulnerability of these sensitive springs to habitat alteration.

As Glynn Wilson reveals, the largest population was severely damaged last week by stunning incompetence on the part of one or more of the city of Birmingham's resource managers. This is simply indefensible.
Regina Nummy, the director of Roebuck-Hawkins Park, apparently took it upon herself to authorize a crane operator (not a backhoe as previously reported) to dig its way into a protected pond on Village Creek last Friday and destroy a dam, without contacting federal or state officials for a permit or permission of any kind. The incident appears to be a clear violation of the federal Endangered Species Act, resulting in the death of at least 1,000 endangered watercress darters.
More here and here. Those responsible should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Fear of Frogs Song

I'd never heard of these guys (Rhett&Link) until the BBQ song, but I kinda like 'em. This is not my favorite of theirs, but with a title like Fear of Frogs I had to share. The Economic Meltdown Song 08 is worth a listen, too.

Next post will be more biological, I promise.

Monday, September 8, 2008

The BBQ Song

Hat tip to Cousin Kyle, card-carrying member of the NC BBQ Society.

Hot and sweet and red and greasy,

I could eat a gallon easy:
Barbecue sauce!
Lay it on, hoss.

Brush it on chicken, slosh it on pork,
Eat it with fingers, not with a fork.
I could eat barbecued turtle or squash --
I could eat tar paper cooked and awash
In barbecue sauce.

I’d eat Spanish moss
With barbecue sauce.

- Roy Blount, Jr.
“Song to Barbecue Sauce” from One Fell Soup, 1982