Urban Jungle Fall 2010
A mushroom’s cloud In early fall pastures, playgrounds and unmown yards, the mature fruiting bodies of purple spored puffballs are whispering “kick me.”
Each “smokeball” may produce billions of spores, each a canadian goose jacket single cell measuring about 1/200th of a millimeter in diameter (slightly smaller than a red blood cell).
Should a spore land on the soil in a warm, moist spot, it will swell and begin absorbing decaying plant matter. A successful spore will divide into long Canada Goose Parka chains of cells. Food availability and climate will determine how many months or Canada Goose sale years the mass of threadlike cells must grow before reaching maturity.
During warm, moist summer spells, a mature underground network of canada goose outlet store locations the fungus will concentrate in spots and send up little cheeselike puffballs, which will expand, dry out and release a buy canada goose jacket billion new spores by early autumn.
Sources: “The Mushroom Book,” Nina L. Marshall; Wayne P. Armstrong, Palomar College; Fungi Perfecti
October 5, 2010
An animal’s final escort Lonnie Wade Jr. was born and raised in the District.
His father, formerly a South canada goose coats Carolina farmer, “brought the farm to the city,” says Wade, who grew up in the NoMa/Sursum Corda neighborhood, tending
hogs, rabbits, chickens
and pigeons. The family even had a smokehouse.
Fall weather yields fewer calls for Lonnie Wade Jr., and the cooler canada goose store air gives him an buy canada goose jacket cheap extended grace period, but before his targets get too rank, he must thread his orange truck through city streets in response to requests for dead animal pickup.
Wade, 56, was a furniture mover for 30 years before he took a pay cut just so he could have the job. That was six years ago.
It’s Canada Goose Coats On Sale a good fit for Wade. He has had a lifetime of experience with animals and wants to be of service. “I have a lot of love for my work,” he says, “and have no intention of changing jobs.”
Wade often knocks on the doors of Canada Goose Outlet the addresses that called in canada goose coats on sale the request, either to get help in locating the animal or to acknowledge that he has picked up a beloved pet that someone has boxed or bagged and placed at the curb.
“I will sit and pray with people who are in pain over the loss of their loved ones,” he says. “Sometimes that dog or cat was all Canada Goose online they had.”
Wade also has compassion for the numerous fly covered rats he removes from behind dumpsters, under cars or out of the gutter like it . “They were just trying to live their lives like the rest of us,” he says. “I feel for canada goose deals them.”
Wade Canada Goose Online has picked up the remains of foxes, snakes, opossums, raccoons, birds, deer even a cheap Canada Goose tiny pet goldfish. On rare occasions, he’ll deliver an animal’s corpse to the morgue for a police investigation.
Skip the following paragraph if you’re squeamish:
During the warm months, flies always seem to get to the animal first, and canada goose clearance sale the carcass may be alive with maggots canada goose replica by the time canada goose black friday sale Wade is on the scene. If body fluids have leaked out onto the sidewalk or street, Wade sanitizes the stains with bleach. “We don’t want children touching that, canada goose clearance or dogs licking canada goose outlet toronto factory it,” he says. Wade scoops up most carcasses with a pitchfork, but he has shovels, a broom and white coveralls for bigger jobs, such as deer. Deer frequently get hit by cars, but fences take their toll. “Sometimes a 2018 canada goose outlet deer will stick its head through the bars of an iron fence, the rest of it can’t squeeze through, and then its head gets stuck,” says Wade. More gruesome are the failed attempts of deer trying to leap over spiked or barbed wire fences.
The pickup truck
The Department of Public Works operates two trucks to transport animal carcasses, which are collected from public property, placed in sanitized Canada Goose Jackets barrels, refrigerated during transit and frozen at day’s end. People who are more closely connected to their neighborhoods may be more likely to notice a carcass and call it in getcanadagooseoutlet .
Wade suggests that vehicular traffic may kill a lot of animals traveling between wooded areas. He notes that in some spots “people are sloppy with their cleaning,” and strewn garbage attracts raccoons and rats. Certain restaurants and student group houses are notorious for that, he says.
“And anywhere there’s canada goose construction,” says Wade, “you find a lot of dead animals [nearby]. It stirs them up.”.