Lon Hagler lake walk and a bit of a RANT

I took a long 2 and a half hour walk around Lon Hagler Lake and below to the small pond and observatory. Even in winter this State Wildlife Area is a gem. There were not a lot of birds around, but there were Robins.

There were actually nearly forty of these birds bathing and drinking in the canal.
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Can you find all the Robins in this photo?
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Lon Hagler SWA seems to be neglected and abused. I know there are many fisherman, boaters, duck hunters, birdwatchers, (me being one) and dog walkers who use this area. The sad thing is all of the trash and vandalism that has happened here. Signs are mutilated, nest platforms falling apart and trash everywhere:
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Trash in the canal..
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Beer bottles in the grass..
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But there are some lovely things about this place too..
Great fishing and habitat for wildlife.
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Bullock’s Oriole nests in nearly every tree..
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Somebody’s dust bath or sleeping place.
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I would like to encourage all of the users of State Wildlife Areas to be better stewards. Next time you go take a trash bag and fill it up.
And for those of you leaving the trash, stop being lazy and clean up after yourself.
This land belongs to all of us, let’s appreciate it!
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One Response to Lon Hagler lake walk and a bit of a RANT

  1. Hear, hear! I couldn’t agree more!!! I really don’t get it. Why do people throw there trash around?

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