Wild and Wooly in Lancaster County


Have legs. Will Travel.

“Praise the Lord from the earth,you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
stormy winds that do his bidding, you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars,
wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds,”

Is that small wooly creature in the picture above praising the Lord?
All I can tell you is that he crawled across my driveway on January 17th of this year. I don’t know what caused his unusual movement. I do know he’s not supposed to be walking around in mid January.

Last Spring I heard a panel of scientists at a conference in York,PA. They were talking about the unusual movements, or migration patterns, of various animals, insects and plants. One biologist said, “Every creature that can move has either been moving north or moving up to higher elevations!”

So, is it true that various species are changing their patterns?
And if it is true, what does that say to we humans? Could God be giving us a message through the behavior of birds and frogs and insects?

I have a friend who lives in the woods near the Susquehanna River. He says: “If I’m out in my woods and I see all the creatures heading in the same direction, I’m going to start moving with them as fast as I can because something very scary must be right behind them!”

Have YOU noticed any changes among the animals, plant life or insects here in Lancaster County in the last few years?
If so, what might that mean?
I could talk about the mosquitos who recently moved into my neighborhood. But first, let me hear from you. Anything new in your neighborhood?

2 thoughts on “Wild and Wooly in Lancaster County

    • I share your sense of loss over the Monarchs.I also planted some milkweed just last fall which I hope will attract some Monarch Butterflies, but I know their numbers are plummeting rapidly in this part of North America- the ones that overwinter in Mexico.
      On the other hand, those that overwinter in California seem to be doing alright for the present. But that’s not going to make much difference to Monarch lovers in Lancaster County. At least not in the short term. Everything is interconnected, so I always wonder what else is impacted by the Monarchs decline? Thank you, Elaine, for your contribution to this conversation!

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