Date: 5/8/17 1:46 pm
From: Nancy Felker <felker.nancy...>
Subject: Re: MIGRANTS AT LAKE FAYETTEVILLE, WITH GUNSHOTS
Ignorant neighbors who put out toxic mothballs in all there landscape beds to ward off snakes really make me mad.
Nancy-Fayetteville

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> On May 8, 2017, at 3:32 PM, Mary Ann King <office...> wrote:
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> I really get irritated about snake killing also – when I mentioned there was a 6 foot black snake at the nursery office he said the only good snake was a dead snake. I told him he would be in serious trouble if he killed my snake.
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> MaryAnn
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> From: The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List [mailto:<ARBIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of Joseph Neal
> Sent: Monday, May 8, 2017 1:29 PM
> To: <ARBIRD-L...>
> Subject: MIGRANTS AT LAKE FAYETTEVILLE, WITH GUNSHOTS
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> Birding this morning, mainly west of Environmental Study Center, edge habitats near the lake edge in disk golf course. I was trying to suss out a Yellow-breasted Chat when I heard 3 gunshots-pause- then 3 or 4 more, down toward the lake. First gunfire in 35+ years of birding there. This put an end to what was to that point a fairly productive few hours:
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> Great Blue Heron (2), Red-tailed Hawk (1), Least Flycatcher (2), Great Crested Flycatcher (2-3), Eastern Kingbird (2), White-eyed Vireo (3), Warbling Vireo (3), Red-eyed Vireo (1), Northern Parula (5), Magnolia Warbler (1), Yellow-throated Warbler (2), American Redstart (1), Northern Waterthrush (1), Common Yellowthroat (4), Wilson’s Warbler (1), Yellow-breasted Chat (1), Summer Tanager (2), Lincoln’s Sparrow (2), Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1).
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> I heard the gunfire late in the morning and immediately headed over towards the ESC viewing deck. My assumption: someone with a pistol is shooting snakes. I HATE HATE HATE the part of Arkansas that thinks the only good snake is a dead snake. I didn’t see who was shooting, but someone called the police and they were trying to sort it out.
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> I put it today’s shooting to snake killing because I’ve seen way too much of it. It is a common ignorance, now aided and abetted by the increasingly promiscuous plague of widespread carrying of guns everywhere.
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> My hope is that when the snake shooters wind up at the Pearly Gates, they discover that St Peter is not a friendly, gun-tottin’ old white man with a long beard. Instead, St Peter is the much-persecuted water snake. Like it says in the King James Bible, “Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord.”
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