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From My Window

Issue Date: August 22, 2019

Janie Thibodeau Martin

Snowflake Musings on a Drive

There is a lot of use of the word "snowflake" in the savage discourse on line. It's usually hard to define the exact meaning of a relatively new "slang" utilization of an existing term"certainly people are not talking about ice crystals, but as far as I can tell, a "snowflake" is a derogatory term for someone who is viewed as overly sensitive, usually about something that someone else views as not important or not worthy of respecting, or of being overly emotional. IF that is the intent of this use of the word, I am proud to wear the title of snowflake.

So here's my musings on a snowflake moment I had while driving to and from the animal shelter where I volunteer. It's a round trip of 28 miles. I left just before dawn, and returned mid-morning.

My first encounter was with the deer who I swear is stalking me. I easily avoided her, because I have come to expect her appearance just north of my home. She's lucky because I am always ready for her. She's nearly always crossing east to west or west to east at the same swampy area. I swear she hides there and waits until she hears my car to cross. It's uncanny how often I see her. She may end up like the 12 fresh deer carcasses in the southbound lane I counted on a recent trip to Madison, but it's not likely it will be me that hits her.

A little further a Mama raccoon and four babies crossed in front of me, but far enough ahead I was easily able to avoid them by slowing slightly " alert for a potential #5 tailgater baby. In a low spot on the highway, I heard a noise like big raindrops but it was just the sound of a hapless swarm of bugs hitting my windshield. Our vehicle grills can serve as a kind of all-you-can-eat buffet for some clever birds. Sitting in the car waiting at "Mega-retailer" I have more than once seen little flocks of birds flying from grill to grill of the parked cars, extracting little tidbits of no doubt a wide range of delicious species.

My drive got me thinking about the mostly inadvertent carnage our motorized vehicles cause to the insects, birds, reptiles and other wild creatures. I have no idea just how bad it is, because very little data exists. I know that Wisconsin publishes vehicle/deer collision data, but all of us know only a tiny fraction of that gets reported. The scope and scale of it is probably staggering. I recently chatted with a man at a local park who was ranting about how many fish the otters eat, and that they kill fish they aren't even going to eat. I have never heard that before, so I have no idea if it is true. But I do know that we humans are impacting fish populations world-wide in a way that no otters or cormorants could ever equal. And I would be willing to bet our vehicles kill and maim way more deer in Wisconsin than our wolves do.

My trip at home in broad, clear daylight started with me being able to avoid a Sulphur butterfly, but unfortunately shortly after that I am pretty sure I killed a Monarch. No time to avoid it when it popped out of the high grass onto the roadway. Further along, a chipmunk run over on the road earlier was being picked at by a blue jay. This is behavior I have never seen before. I know many birds will utilize roadkill for meat, but I didn't know blue jays did. He lingered almost fatally long on the carcass but because I slowed down, escaped with his life.

Finally I spotted a little black form on the gravel road close to our home and recognized it as a small kitten. It looked fresh, so I turned around and went back to ensure it was dead, and not lying there suffering. The sweet baby was dead, so I sadly continued my trip home.

There isn't much we can do about the number of creatures we wipe out with our cars and trucks. But it makes me especially sad at this time of year to see deer, raccoons, squirrels and other animals lying on our roadways, because for every female I see there are likely orphan little ones left behind.

I do what I can to be watching carefully and to drive no faster than the speed limit. I make note of places I frequently see critters, and try to be ready to spare them. But I wish there was more I could do, because this snowflake always feels sad when I see the death toll our vehicles take.



You can reach me for commentary, alternative viewpoints or ideas at this e-mail address: JanieTMartin@gmail.com.


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