Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Herons. By the most sensitive man in Bexley, Simon Doer.

The Herons. They reside in the Preston Road area of Columbus just to the west of Bexley. They are herons (yellow crowned night herons to be exact). Their nests, like tax havens, are located in that patch of real estate just outside Bexley in an awkward gerrymandered slice of Columbus. Like a peninsula, the Columbus area bounded by water at Alum Creek and Broad and Parkview Streets similar to an isthmus, juts out in historic tax defiance to its Bexley neighbors.

It is hard to deny that it is a perfect location, close to the water of Alum Creek and the trees of Wolfe Park. The herons wisely take advantage of that location to wing east to consume fish as their staple food from the ponds of Bexley residents as if those services are an entitlement offered to them due to their close Columbus residency. Similar to the herons consumption of fish in the ponds of adjoining residents, Columbus aggressively annexed land to grow while the slice of land to the east of Alum Creek remained as a dimple on the face of Columbus.

Like human carpetbaggers, during the past several years the herons have become outliers to Bexley, of sorts. The herons usual habitat has been the southern coastal region of the United States, a migration pattern many of their human neighbors also follow throughout the year. The residents appear to live parallel lives.

As they nest in the trees above the Columbus streets and the houses occupied by their human counterparts, the herons derive the protection of law enforcement as an endangered species. Bexley police even patrol those remote Columbus streets and Wolf Park in similar deference to what could be considered special citizens as they protect the human occupants of houses in close proximity to Bexley.

Taunt nets above the Bexley ponds may distract herons from their feasts of koi and goldfish, however, there currently appears no way to net the lost revenue from the closely knit Columbus community based near her Bexley neighbors. That slice of Columbus originally carved out of the near Bexley landscape to enable the election of Columbus City Council members from the area, became a permanent nest and haven, not only for the endangered herons, but for Columbus residents as well. Are there ways to share the cost of the current environment with Bexley’s near neighbors? Perhaps we need to be content that the herons’ human nightly counterparts occasionally pay to enjoy the food and merchant services of Bexley.

That is one sensitive man’s opinion. What is yours?


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