This post comes to us from Lynn Montgomery, Chair of the Coronado Soil and Water Conservation District. Lynn has lived and worked the land in Placitas since the 1970s. He has been a tireless advocate for the environment and the area’s acequia systems. He is the mayordomo for the Acequia la Rosa de Castilla.
Lynn’s post refers to a 1999 Boston Globe story that you can link to here: Hill Toads Coaxed to Sing Again. Lynn recorded the toad lullaby last night.
This problem has been developing for decades. My former neighbor and good friend Kathy Roberts knew what to do with horses that showed up on the land. This is what should have happened early on. We can’t go back and make it right. It shouldn’t have been. So, we have a royal mess with very messy solutions. We must trek through them as best we can. When we achieve a balance on our lands, then the most important thing is to maintain that. So, we must have an aware and involved public who can do it ongoing. Coronado Soil and Water Conservation District hopes to help establish local organizations to make sure our land stays healthy and productive for future generations.
Some of us, some former foes, have come together simply because we love this exquisite high sonoran desert place where everything is so delicate and precious. Kathy Roberts is my hero. She knew the land better and knew what to do. And did it. I love the toads. They symbolize our ever delightful ecologies that are before us, only if we observe.
It rained yesterday. The toads were singing in the puddle in my driveway all through the night. There aren’t many such puddles where pollywogs can complete to maturity. We need more folks like Kathy Roberts so the toad songs can lull us to sleep, our reward for taking care of the land.