Date: 4/10/17 10:37 am From: Tom Crabtree <tc...> Subject: [obol] Re: Fwd: [birding] Please take action keep the Meadowlark as Oregon's official state bird
Thanks for forwarding this, Lars. There is one representative that Bob left off the list and that is Knute Buehler of Bend. His email address is <rep.knutebuehler...> . I have written him and two others urging no votes.
Tom Crabtree, Bend
From: <obol-bounce...> [mailto:<obol-bounce...>] On Behalf Of Lars Per Norgren Sent: Monday, April 10, 2017 7:56 AM To: Oregon Birders OnLine Subject: [obol] Fwd: [birding] Please take action keep the Meadowlark as Oregon's official state bird
My representative, Debbie Boone, a one-time commercial fisherman, has already responded to my mail.
She will vote against the proposal. The fact that this made it out of committee is a sad commentary. That
the state senate approved it? Well i know this is more of a Boo subject, but the State Bird has been a
recurring thread on this list. If every reader mailed their rep I think the measure would be dead. Lars
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From: Bob Sallinger <bsallinger...>
Date: April 9, 2017 10:19:10 PM PDT
Subject: [birding] Please take action keep the Meadowlark as Oregon's official state bird
Dear Mid-Willamette Valley Birders
There is a resolution in the legislature, SCR 18, which would change the official state bird of Oregon from the Western Meadowlark to the Osprey. The Meadowlark was chosen as the state bird in 1927 based on a competition voted on by Oregon's school children and sponsored by Audubon.
The proposal to change the official state bird is the result of a single legislator, Senator Fred Girod of Stayton, who advanced this resolution without any input or outreach to school kids, the birding community, conservation community or public at large. Senator Girod has chosen to ignore alternatives such as designating a "state raptor" or having another contest among Oregon's school kids to re-designate the official state bird. Unfortunately the bill has passed the Senate and is now on its way to the House.
Opsrey are cool but so are Western Meadowlarks.....and the official state bird should not be changed based on a single senator's personal preference. Please send members of the Oregon House a quick email and let them know that you don't want the official state bird changed from Western Meadowlark to Osprey.
Some potential points to make:
1. Respectfully ask them to vote no on SCR 18 2. The official state bird should not be changed without engaging the birding community, the public and most importantly, school kids (just as was done in 1927 when the Meadowlark was first chosen). The designation of any official state symbol should be based on a process the engages, inspires and educates the public. 3. Birding is one of Oregon's most popular activities and birders contribute millions of dollars to the Oregon economy each year. It is disappointing that the legislature would consider re-designating the official state bird without engaging with the birding community. 4. The Western Meadowlark is a good official state bird! Once common throughout most of Oregon, the Western Meadowlark is increasingly uncommon especially West of the Cascades due to loss of grassland habitats. It is a bird that should be readily familiar instead is now listed as "sensitive" by the State of Oregon. Its designation as Oregon's official state bird should serve as inspiration to protect and recover the Meadowlark and Oregon's other imperiled bird species.
Please write the legislature today and let them know that the Meadowlark should be retained as Oregon's official state bird. Please forward this email to other birders and bird advocates you think would be interested.
The following is a list of addresses for all Oregon representatives and senators: