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Happy First Day of Spring and may it bring us a good year, may it make us think of the many things we do as humans on planet Earth
After the strange winter, spring is here. Some storks will see the first days of spring here, because they never left, and others are already beginning to return. First, the males come and begin to fix the nests, and some time after - the females.
We all know the belief that when we first see a stork, we have to hang our martenitsa on a tree or leave it under a stone. Therefore, as the storks are coming already, we will have to remove the martenitsas at any moment.
However, it may be time to rethink traditions in light of the knowledge we’ve gathered since the time when those traditions were laid down? The piles of garbage, the insane amounts of garbage, which we humans generate is to be considered - it is there even though we started to see it as a serious factor in the survival of the living world and the entire planet Earth only in recent years.
In this interesting video from Sofia you see a squirrel collecting martenitsas hanging on a tree. It was shot long before March 1, and the squirrel collects martenitsas that have been there since at least the previous March. She is a female, preparing her nest to give birth, and in the martenitsas she has seen soft nesting material for her litter.
Martenitsas on trees are unfortunately quite tempting for animals, which gladly use them as nesting material. It sounds cute, but the little ones in the nests often entangle their legs in these strings as they move about inside. The young grow, their legs grow and the tangled strings cut into the tissue. The result is sometimes dried up limbs because the strings have stopped their circulation. The problem is serious, and we, humans, are the solution.
The martenitsas can also create problems for the trees they are tied to - as the trunk grows, they can create difficulties in the circulation of substances in the bark of the tree. Even if you tie it on a thin twig, it will also grow over time and the string may cut into the bark.
Most martenitsas contain plastic and metal and do not decompose for years, and then we have microplastic in the soil and we poison our land with it. Someone will move the stone and a tit may see in the martenitsa left under as a suitable nesting material and here again you can see our footprint on life around us.
Even if our martenitsas are made of natural materials, a far more readable solution is to recycle them, use them for something else or just keep them for next year.
May this be an occasion to show ourselves as intelligent and wise people and to raise our children in the light of new knowledge about the world and a newly found consciousness about our impact on it. We have changed the world in a very sinister way for nature and it is right to rethink our attitude and behavior.
A definitive solution to the existing waste problems has not yet been found, and animals suffer and die painfully every day as a result of our past actions. Let's at least add as little as possible to this problem.
We thank the author Kiril Milenov for the visual material!
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