The flood waters at our Itasca location (located at the Spring Brook Nature Center) are receding. Left behind in their place is thick, goopy, smelly mud. A coating of mud and debris clings to the sides of the cages where our recently painted clean and shiny surface once stood. Some of the cages still have water – but not more than three or four inches. Even the blades of grass are coated with stinky mud. One picnic table rests comfortably in the middle of the parking lot, two more are in the woods near the creek. I’ve heard that the dumpster is behind the neighbor’s house down the creek – we’ll probably go retrieve it tomorrow!
Before long, however, we’ll clean and disinfect the cages and return them to their normal state. Birds will soon follow to return home. I’m sure that Itasca public works will come out and clean up the Nature Center that they’ve worked so hard to improve over the recent months.
We’re looking forward to having all birds back in their cages and the Nature Center looking as beautiful as it had just prior to the floods.
Tomorrow the damage assessment and disinfecting will begin….again, we are grateful that no lives were lost in the flood waters. Our thoughts go out to those with damage to their homes.