Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Feral shopping carts

I was just over visiting at Rock Paper Lizard, intending to read a few more of Hugh's Interpreter Stories (which I love, having been an interpretive naturalist myself at Mount Saint Helens)--but what did I find posted on the home page? This photo of a Pygmy Meadow Trundler:
The first Pygmy Meadow Trundler
sighted this season. Photo from Rock Paper Lizard.
The site refers back to Wild Shopping Carts, which is currently focused on carts found on Vancouver Island, but seeks sightings from around the world.  I tend to think of these species as more feral than wild, myself, but I haven't studied them as extensively as the bloggers at these sites. Should you make any sightings in your area, please consider adding to the data being gathered at Wild Shopping Carts. Who knows, you may discover a rare or previously unidentified species!

11 comments:

  1. Is there a site for feral folding chairs? There used to be one that hung out at the Beavercreek "park."

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  2. Oh man! Why didn't you tell me sooner? There was one of those in the lot across the street a while back and I didn't think to snap a picture.

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  3. I've yet to see any wild shopping carts in these parts, perhaps we are way too far removed. In the interest if science I will keep a keen eye out and hope for the best!

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  4. Occasionally we see them on the Clackamas Community College campus.

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  5. Dang, I just passed one swimming in the river! I have to remember my camera the next time I'm going to Charlotte and see if it is still hanging around...it could be an endemic species only found on these islands!
    Smiles

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  6. They always pull at my heartstrings. So lonely, and you never see them with their little handbasket children, who are not ambulatory.

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  7. A poignant observation Murr, especially so close to Mother's Day.

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  8. Beth said: Thanks everyone. I spent my mother's day with a migraine, and I needed to hear about the wild carts and their absent handbasket children, who are not ambulatory! LOL.
    Beth

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  9. Beth said: Thanks everyone. I spent my mother's day with a migraine, and I needed to hear about the wild carts and their absent handbasket children, who are not ambulatory! LOL.
    Beth

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  10. They always pull at my heartstrings. So lonely, and you never see them with their little handbasket children, who are not ambulatory.

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