Just a short distance from the busy highway and bustling streets of New Albany, Indiana, there is a place of beauty. I have visited often in this past year: In the summer, when the air is scented by giant water lilies swaying in the wind or on a quiet winter morning when the ground is covered in snow.
And now, in the spring, under the watchful eye of a red winged blackbird.
I have sat so many times by the lake and never knew that there were beavers!(or was it a muskrat?) Today I saw them 🙂 This one would swim out to just this spot and dive under, only to surface on the far shore and then start over again.
I was delighted by the tree swallows – they are so graceful and fast!
Two were curious about me and came close.
It saddened me to see this sign – Purdue Research Park, land available for development. What you have now, in the middle of this busy city setting, is a treasure. You took great care to set aside a small park, put up nest boxes, and not allow pesticides – all to encourage nature to thrive there. You made a walking trail and installed benches, so people could enjoy. It is a”natural restoration area.”
And, now – you seek to destroy it. The open space that you wish to build on is where these birds get their food. In the evening the deer come out from the trees and onto the meadow. The “development” area is a buffer zone between them and the highway, the ever busy Charlestown Road, the restaurants, and the shopping centers. The wildlife needs this space to live and thrive.
A little spot of undeveloped land is good for wildlife and people too.
This patch of land is a lifeline. Please Purdue, don’t destroy it.