Geese gastronomy: A couple of weeks ago, June 20 and 21, Alabama Department of Agriculture agents rounded up and slaughtered more than 200 Canadian and domestic geese from East Lake, Avondale and Patton parks. Sound like occult activity or some sort of insane government conspiracy? Well, the geese were “taken care of” in order to prevent the geese from interfering with the nearby airport. According to The Birmingham News, the Department of Agriculture attempted to donate the geese carcasses to the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama, but the food bank turned down the donation, saying that the geese would be unsafe to eat more than twice a month because of uncertainty about their previous diet. So the Department of Agriculture now has 200 geese corpses on their hands and no idea what to do with them. It would almost be funny if it wasn’t so disturbing.
Trees for tornadoes: Broken trees were in some of the most powerful images to come out of damaged towns in the wake of the April tornadoes. The storms had snapped evergreens and oak trees like toothpicks.
Their jagged stumps serve to mark the areas affected by the tornadoes. We can rebuild homes and pick up the shattered pieces of life in Alabama, but the barren stretches of land where trees were ripped by their roots from the ground will outline the scars left by the storms for long after. To help heal those scars, the Alabama Forestry Commission and the Arbor Day Foundation have started the Alabama Tree Recovery Campaign to help replant trees. Visit www.arborday.org and click on “Trees for Alabama” to donate. Every dollar donated plants another tree for a storm victim.