Date: 5/8/17 1:50 pm
From: Kimberly G. Smith <kgsmith...>
Subject: no snake thread please
Hi, All… let’s just assume we are all snake lovers and that we are appalled at people killing snakes…

Thanks, Kim

Kimberly G. Smith
Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: 479-575-6359 fax: 479-575-4010
Email: <kgsmith...><mailto:<kgsmith...>

From: The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List [mailto:<ARBIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of Nancy Felker
Sent: Monday, May 08, 2017 3:46 PM
To: <ARBIRD-L...>

Ignorant neighbors who put out toxic mothballs in all there landscape beds to ward off snakes really make me mad.

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On May 8, 2017, at 3:32 PM, Mary Ann King <office...><mailto:<office...>> wrote:
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.


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...><mailto:<ARBIRD-L...>

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:

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).

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.

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.

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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