Foxy Friends lead the way.
That is what we gardeners are. Nature’s Caretakers.
We’re on the front lines, holding back a people-scape that creeps into wild places where animals roam free.
We don’t usually think of ourselves as holding a line.
But when the wild menagerie out there is looking for security, gardens take on a critical role.
Kind of like those old-time homey boarding houses where, for a token, the temporarily displaced could find a comfortable room and a hot meal.
And so we gardeners can be a friend to the weary traveler, the wary homebuilder, the hungry fledgling, the young hunter.
In return, we are repaid handsomely.
Insects pollinate flowers. Worms turn the soil. Birds eat insects and weed seeds.
Garden skinks eat grubs and worms (and a whole lot more). Turtles mate in the shade of greenery and eat strawberries. (We can’t win them all!)
Rabbits like violets. Snakes, hawks, foxes dine on rabbits, voles, moles. And the circle of life remains unbroken.
Thirty years ago a group of us founded the Albemarle Environmental Association (AEA) to be vocal advocates for our land and water.
Five years later, we received funding from the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine Study (sponsored by the Clean Water Act) to ramp up our community outreach.
Nature’s Caretakers: You Can Be One was born. It’s a lively How-To guide for taking care of your patch of Mother Earth.
The leading players in the guide are a family of foxes who endure the trials of pollution but still remain hopeful.
They’re named after the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds of eastern North Carolina: Albe and Marle are mom and dad, Pam and Lico their youngsters.
The full text of Nature’s Caretakers is on our web site, AEA on the Web.
Here we present the Fox Family cartoons, humorous and on-point. We hope they remind you of our importance as gardeners – and give you a great big smile.
This post is dedicated to Elaine, who did all the artwork for AEA publications, which included logos, elegant depictions of river basins, wetlands and woodlands ecosystems, and the Fox Family cartoons.
Graciously, and with enthusiasm, she donated her time and considerable talent to all these projects. Her artwork, always based on meticulous research, here shines with humor and wit.