Toads

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Killed by traffic. Many toads are killed by traffic while migrating to their breeding grounds. A study on wildlife that is killed on our region’s roads in Belgium has found that toads are the animal most frequently killed by traffic, (7,118). The rest of the top 10 is made up of the hedgehog, the fox, the blackbird, the brown frog, the squirrel, the polecat, the rabbit, the stone-martin and the wood pigeon.

In some places special tunnels have been constructed so that toads can cross under roads in safety. In my neighbourhood, local wildlife groups like Natuurpunt, run “toad patrols”, carrying the amphibians across roads at busy crossing points in buckets.

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Intercultural Breakfast Event

Have you ever tasted a Mexican, Egyptian or Chinese breakfast? A friend invited me to a special event with international breakfasts and inspiring speakers about health care in different regions of the world – The Middle East, Iraq, Thailand and Africa.

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Unfortunately, due to lack of time, we missed the famous American breakfast – home made thick pancakes with maple syrup.

Mr. Bowie had dinner ready when I came home that evening. He caught his second shrew-mouse. Guess Mr. Bowie’s not a great hunter or maybe he prefers my home cooking…

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I took some pictures for Natuurpunt, a Belgian organization. They are doing a questionnaire survey of the numbers of animals brought home by domestic cats. Natuurpunt’s operation has a broad social context. It is useless to work for beautiful natural areas when the degradation of soil, water and air in the environs increases. Natuurpunt steps into breach for an endurable world for mankind, plants and animals. Not only here, but also around the world.

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