As you may think about, we felt merely horrible about all of this. We thought we had discovered a sustainable method of decreasing the populations of non-native rats in our backyard and had designed the traps in order that solely rats may get in. We didn’t even suppose that an opossum could be considering chicken seed (they often eat useless or rotten issues), and definitely didn’t take into consideration a child opossum with the ability to entry the lure. We thought we’d ultimately get a squirrel accidentally (it appears they’ll get in any house irrespective of how nicely protected) however we weren’t too involved about that, since non-native squirrels are fairly prolific right here and thinning them out won’t be a foul factor. However we by no means thought of the rest getting in.
The reality is that generally we make errors. We are able to have the very best intentions on the earth and nonetheless mess up.
I get loads of questions from purchasers and readers of this weblog who’re agonizing over decisions within the backyard, reminiscent of how a lot to water, or what to plant, or whether or not to make use of fertilizer, or any of 100 different issues. I can provide you recommendation, however truthfully my recommendation isn’t value very a lot. What’s value a lot extra is your individual lived expertise. That is all experimental. What works in my backyard might not work in yours. Your soil could also be completely different, or your publicity, or the best way you plant a sure factor, or the seeds you employ – there are one million completely different variables. The one factor we will do is attempt, and hope nothing will get harm. And nonetheless, generally, as in our case with the opossum, one thing does get harm. That doesn’t imply that we shouldn’t all the time attempt to do higher, or to attempt in any respect. The attempting is so essential. And as we study, we attempt various things, after which we study some extra.
I need to say the identical factor about local weather change and our response to it. Gosh sure it’s getting dire, and one thing on a big scale should be achieved, however there are one million private decisions we make on daily basis that both impacts the setting in a constructive method or a damaging one. Then there are one million extra that is perhaps solely barely constructive, or the constructive bits solely barely outweigh the damaging. Does that imply we cease attempting? Completely not. We should preserve attempting. Day by day. To make the proper decisions and to tip the dimensions in the proper course.
We’ve eliminated all of the rat traps. It’s simply not value harming an harmless creature. I’ll proceed to do what I can to dissuade the rats from hanging out in our yard – issues like eradicating the hen meals from the coop at evening, and netting our greens. I’ll hope that the predators broaden their numbers and understand that there’s good meals operating round in our backyard. I’ll hope that nature balances issues out, with none ‘assist’ from me, which is the best way it actually ought to be. And I’m going to maintain experimenting, and continue learning.