There was little buzz about the spraying, because it killed most of the bees and all the butterflies. My thriving butterfly garden was eerily vacant the day after the spray. The insects did not return. There are still mosquitoes. The birds, turtles, fish and frogs that counted on those insects for food have lost their food source.
This is a community of science and research, home to Rachel Carson, and we care about the environment. I appreciate that this well-meaning decision was made from care. I live on the cedar swamps in Woods Hole and worry about EEE.
I am asking that we be more thoughtful about using nuclear options on specific problems. Personal responsibility, and the use of mosquito repellent, would have been a solution that did not have such widespread consequences. At the minimum, more thoughtful conversation, and communication about consequences, was needed prior to spraying.
Clara R. Hulburt