“The Borg: Party poopers of the galaxy.” The Doctor, Star Trek: Voyager.
I gotta admit, I have never really been a fan of the Fourth of July. Even in my younger, social party days, my circle of cohorts and I would always stay home from the goth/punk clubs and watch movies and order pizza or get Chinese take-out. Something about the frenetic, drunken, crazed energy out there made us all want to hide out. So, in keeping with tradition, I’ll be huddled in front of the telly with my neurotic cat welded to my side, watching movies and such.
I used to find fireworks amazing, but I have become more and more aware of the effect they have on songbirds and other wildlife, not to mention the impact they have on the environment. Here in our neighbourhood, I’ve even witnessed people shooting unbelievably loud, large fireworks directly up into the trees (As an aside, a couple of residents of The Oaks in Osprey–not as part of Fourth of July celebrations–deliberately fired fireworks into this rookery near their homes. http://www.mysuncoast.com/news/local/neighbors-accused-of-shooting-fireworks-at-bird-rookery/article_ea0ca11a-a09b-11e2-9e70-001a4bcf6878.html).
So, I’ve put together a list of links for this “Sustainable Saturday” post of ways to still have your Fourth of July firework fun while being mindful of local wildlife and birds. And some tips for your scaredy cat animals! And for the real Fourth of July terrors–kids! *laugh* Thanks for reading!
Have fun, and have an emergency-room-free holiday, U.S. peeps!