Death and Destruction – Don’t Point it Out

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Love this, in the Spring 2009 Nature Conservancy magazine:

Frank Lowenstein is a ‘guru on forest bugs and blight.’ After he’s talked at some length to an interviewer about non-native bug infestations, and the potential for a domino effect in which a tree species is killed off by these bugs, then the animals that eat the tree’s fruit (mice, turkey, squirrels and such) starve and their population crashes, causing “the whole ecological system of the eastern U.S.” to be less stable, he’s asked:

Are you a drag to go hiking with?

Oh, no. I think I’m fun. I’m always turning over logs and looking for stuff.

You don’t look for death and destruction?

I do, but I don’t point it out.

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