Originally Posted by Wags
i saw some other thread where a guy did it. i'd rather you did not do it. but if you do i'm glad you're in canada and going to try it as i'd rather not have a pond habitat near me get destroyed...
Gad Zooks Fellows!
"The dirty dealer meant no harm."
I too am a firm proponent of Leave No Trace. That is why I chose hammock camping, and why only cook with an alky stove, and why I carry out everything I brought in. This is only in the thought stage, for goodness sake. It seems to me that if the stuff works as an insulator, why not use it. We are speaking hypothetically, of course, about harvesting five cat tails which reproduce like wildfire (see quote below).
"Seed production prolific; each spike may contain 117,000 to 268,000 tiny seeds. At maturity, the spike bursts under dry conditions, releasing the fruits. Each fruit has bristly hairs that aid in wind dispersal. When the fruit comes in contact with water, the pericarp opens rapidly, releasing the seed, which then sinks. In wet weather the fruits often fall to the ground in dense mats."
Now, balance that quote with the one below regarding the harvest of goose down:
"To obtain feathers and down at the time of slaughter, the normal process is to first scald the geese in hot water (60-68°C) for 1-3 minutes. The coarse feathers of the wing and tail are then removed by hand with the remainder of the feathers and down removed either by a plucking machine or by hand. The feathers are then dried and this is normally done in large commercial tumble dryers. For small amounts, the feathers are spread and stirred frequently to facilitate their drying." Lovely.
Talk about "leave no trace". Yikes. How many dead geese does it take to make a top quilt?
If cat tail down was as good as goose down and I had to choose between the two, I'm pretty certain I would feel no guilt in going with the cat tails. But it's all hypothetical anyway...