Stop complaining about lack of water, nature adapts

Man fishing in the shallow waters west of the Boulevard BridgeRichmond Times-Dispatch outdoors writer Andy Thompson chimed in with his take on how nature adapts well to droughts:

Humans may not enjoy droughts, but nature doesn’t much care. Dry or wet, blazing hot or blustery cold, the show must go on. Flora and fauna adapt.

When I ran into Ralph White, head of the James River Park System, he told me that fish lovers in the Richmond area actually can benefit from the dry conditions for a number of reasons: The river is low and easily accessible right now; there are lots of deep pools; and the water is crystal clear.

It makes sense. Generally speaking, less total water in the river plus the same number of fish equals a better chance of seeing/catching them. And that’s just as true for nature’s nonhuman piscivores as it is for anglers.

“You find a pool full of fish that are stranded, you’re going to find yourself a great blue heron perched there until all the fish are gone,” said Ed Clark, founder of The Wildlife Center of Virginia. “Then, he’ll go find another pool.”


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