the fork in the road

June 4, 2005

in Silly stuff and bluster

Fork1When you do field work in an urban area, you come across a lot of trash, most mundane, some startling, and some kinda funny.  Yes, indeedy, this eating utensil was in fact at the intersection of two trails.

The amusement value of flatware in the forest pales in comparison with an item my friends and I found one year doing a Christmas Bird Count. Top honors for Most Unexpected Piece of Trash goes to the lifelike latex, uh, "marital aid" discarded (thought-provokingly enough) in an industrial area on a busy bridge over a river, which we were scanning for waterfowl.  We counted it as "dickey bird sp." at the tally that evening.

carol June 4, 2005 at 11:04 am

very interesting. it was refreshing to read.


argusmaniac June 4, 2005 at 9:14 pm

Well a new meaning to a bird in the hand and one in the bush.. hello from the Soo!

argusmaniac June 6, 2005 at 9:37 am

Over the weekend, I recalled an even better find, told to me by people on the Hine's Emerald Recovery team that had been working in Northern Illinois. They were looking for "roadkill" hine's emeralds, and saw a strange-looking object in the weeds alongside the road. At first they thought it was a body, and then realized it was one of those plastic, life-size blow-up sex dolls… so if there is a fork in the road, take it.

Nuthatch June 6, 2005 at 5:14 pm

This weekend, I found a half-full jar of personal lubricant. No time for foreplay if you are out in the mosquito-infested woods!

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