This great blue heron sits poised to grab a fish, but he is doing it on a pile of floating trash and debris that has floated to and collected at the Fort Patrick Henry Dam in Kingsport, TN. Trash such as a perfectly good basketball that has probably rolled down a hill in to the lake, a pill bottle, numerous cups and bottles of varying types, styrofoam from under docks along the lake, and natural debris such as limbs, logs, and general “muck” all gathers at the dam. This trash is a general eyesore and could be the end of this beautiful bird. He could easily get tangled in some fishing line or swallow something that would kill him as he goes for a fish. Littering and carelessness on the waters and at their edges have made a mess of this area.