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Should it be left alone?

Updated: Aug 18, 2020

What quote am I vibing? "Indigenous people see the Earth as a living entity - our Mother...Before we extract something from the Earth, we always ask, 'Why is it here? Was it put here for a reason? Is it meant to be used by humans, or should it be left alone as part of Nature?'" Robert Tohe

Pounds of Trash Removed from the Wild since Last Post: 64

Pounds of Trash Removed from the Wild in 2020: 505

All-Time Pounds of Trash Removed from the Wild: 1029

With this post, I have surpassed 1000 lifetime pounds of trash removed from the wild, and passed my halfway mark for my 2020 goal of 1000 pounds. I believe at this current pace, I will meet and exceed this year's goal!

This week brought a great haul of trash with two big cleanups. The first was at Booker Park in Indiantown - last year I was part of a group cleanup here, and this year, that group cleanup didn't happen because of COVID, and I had a feeling it was in need of some attention. It certainly was and still is! Hoping to get back there at some point, and also that someone who saw us there will be inspired to do their own cleaning.

The second big cleanup was based on a suggestion from a friend to cleanup the watery areas of Kiplinger Preserve. We will need to revisit multiple times to finish the job, but we started on the western end of the Boardwalk that walks out onto the St Lucie River - a beautiful mangrove swamp. Brian at first tried to convince me that we could do the cleanup with my 12-foot reacher, but quickly realized that I was not going to rest until I was ankle deep in some muck. What are Bogs boots for, anyway?? This was a lot of fun. Exhausting, productive, and messy. The best kind of cleanup.

This week, Brian and I also visited the turtles at Loggerhead MarineLife Center where he donated a sea turtle painting to be auctioned off at their Go Blue Awards in October. There is never a time that I don't want to see the turtles. They have SO MANY hatchlings from the recent storms - I just love them so much. If you have time and are in the Treasure Coast or Palm Beaches area, take the time to head to the center to see the amazing work that they are doing!

Looks like another stormy week - looking forward to at least a couple beach cleanups, and enjoying the sound of thunder. Til next time - happy 1000 pounds!

August 12. Stuart Beach. 7 pounds.

August 14. Booker Park. Photo 1/2. 26 pounds total.

August 14. Booker Park. Photo 2/2.

Brian's donation to Loggerhead MarineLife Center. Thank you to Tom Longo, the communications director, for making this happen!

My newest turtle love, Rigatoni! They are treating him for some buoyancy issues.

Happy in the Mangrove Swamp.

A looooooooooong reacher!

August 16. Kiplinger Preserve. 27 pounds.

August 17. Kanner Highway. 4 pounds.

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