Four Balloons in the Badlands
I worked in the Badlands area of Riverside and San Bernardino counties this past week. As much of it isn't publicly-accessible, I spent much of that time feeling fairly isolated. None of that matters to the balloons, however, which go airborne from someone's hands in a celebration to land somewhere they do not belong. I found four during the survey: three on November 6, and one November 7.
About Wilderness Balloons
I see an unbelievable number of balloons in an unbelievable number of wild places during my forays. They are strung from brush and trees in remote wilderness and hanging from the legs of birds. Mylar balloons frequently cause wildfires when caught in power lines. Balloons are destructive trash and should never be released into the environment. For more information from the US Fish and Wildlife Service about this issue, read here (warning: graphic images of dead wildlife).