What gorgeous weather we had this morning for getting out in the northern Delaware countryside to enjoy Earth Day 2015!
Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22nd to raise consciousness about the beauty and fragility of our planet. My wife and I bid in a fund raising auction for Delaware Pacem in Terris, and our bid bought us the guide services of Sally O’Byrne, a very knowledgeable local ornithologist. She also knows a lot about wildflowers, which was the main reason we went this morning to a private land preserve where there is little foot traffic.
We saw a number of very delicate wildflowers, a Pilated Woodpecker, and a Garter Snake. We also learned about several species with a symbiotic relationship: Beach trees, aphids that feed on the Beach trees, a butterfly that feeds on those particular aphids and only those, and a mushroom that flourishes from the black droppings of those aphids. It’s so amazing to discover the way species evolve to be so interdependent. Remove only one element in this tiny ecosystem and the whole thing collapses.