Bobber-Eating Tree

by Carl Strang

Winter reveals much that was hidden in the growing season. When the deciduous trees and shrubs have dropped their leaves, green walls are replaced by vistas. Smaller things now come into view as well, including a bobber-eating tree at the edge of Trinity Lake in Mayslake Forest Preserve.

How many red and white ball bobbers can you find?

How many red and white ball bobbers can you find?

I am reminded of the kite-eating tree of Charles Schultz’s Peanuts cartoons. This is right above a popular point on the lake shore for fishermen in summer. It is not entirely innocent, though, as those bobbers are attached to lengths of fishing line that are a potential entanglement hazard for birds. As I have previously documented here, orioles make use of some of the discarded line in their nest-building.



  1. Gary said,

    February 15, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    People (fisherpeople) really need to learn to clean up after themselves. I’ve been out walking around ponds and lakes in the area and have easily collected multiple shopping bags (which I found there too) of garbage directly resulting from fishing. Line, hooks, sinkers, bobbers, bait containers, bottles, cans, etc. I can’t say all people are like this but those that are disgust me.

    Just google “wildlife fishing line injuries” and click on the images. This uncollected garbage is devastatingly injurious to most wildlife.

    • natureinquiries said,

      February 18, 2014 at 6:56 am

      Yep, and fishing line is the worst of these as far as wildlife damage is concerned. Most fishermen are not guilty, but those who are give them all a bad name.

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