Date: 5/15/17 9:29 am
From: Donald C. Steinkraus <steinkr...>
Subject: Re: massive warbler kill
Jim Morgan,

I agree whole heartedly with the idea of rewarding residents for planting native plants that benefit wildlife and removing exotic invasive plants that harm wildlife. Tax credits would be a good idea. Whether the cities would go along with this, I don't know. It would take a bit of infrastructure to evaluate a property before and after.

I agree with you too, that there are too many people on the planet. But who wants to depart, or not reproduce? We all love our own families.

I do think that the population of the United States is way too high. But no one wants to stop new people from coming in, needing a car, a large home, and big footprint. We can see this right now, ongoing, in Fayetteville. The big developers have moved in and are transforming pastures, woodlands, wetlands, forests, into homes, malls, etc. at a rapid pace.

It would be great if Washington Co. said "We are large enough, populated enough, no more." But that won't happen.

Don Steinkraus

From: The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List <ARBIRD-L...> on behalf of James Morgan <jlmm...>
Sent: Monday, May 15, 2017 10:37:22 AM
To: <ARBIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: massive warbler kill

Originally I thought about a consumption tax or surcharge for each non-native plant that is used for landscaping in the county or city. (punish the offenders)

But thought that tax credits or rebates for landscaping with native plants would be more palatable.

The benefits to the budgets of counties/cities for implementing would be in water and air quality (less mowing). Here in NW Arkansas where we live on Beaver Reservoir water, there would be savings on water purification - for human consumption and decreasing the total amount of water consumption by using native plants.

Tax credit for having a lawn that is species diverse (no herbicides), not mowed often or composed of native grasses is a little harder to envision. Instead of getting fined for an un-mowed lawn, get a tax credit. : )

After reading all of Joe Neal's posts about benefits of Virginia Creeper & Pokeweed, I haven't been digging them out of the sheep pastures or sheep fences

Jim Morgan

On 5/15/2017 10:23 AM, Donald C. Steinkraus wrote:

The deaths of birds due to mankind's buildings, windows, cats, pesticides, development, cars and trucks, is one of the most evil things we do as a species.

I try in my own little way to help by putting up bird boxes on my property. This spring I have two nests of chickadees and two blue bird nests. I also try to plant native plants that support birds, caterpillars.

But I am just one small person and we need millions of people helping birds.

What is the answer to chem lawns, invasive plants, vast cities with their concrete towers and windows, all the cat lovers, developers? I don't know.


From: The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List <ARBIRD-L...><mailto:<ARBIRD-L...> on behalf of Jerry Davis <jwdavis...><mailto:<jwdavis...>
Sent: Monday, May 15, 2017 9:40:02 AM
To: <ARBIRD-L...><mailto:<ARBIRD-L...>
Subject: Fw: massive warbler kill

For you information. Window collisions are taking out a billion birds a year. It takes 3 billion nesting attempts just to cover this loss not including those lost to feral cats and other mortality. We are losing 4% of our birds per year. Forty percent fewer birds are crossing the Gulf than crossed just 10 years ago. It is obvious to those going afield that the birds are not there. If you are not going to help the birds in this lifetime, what lifetime do you plan to start?

Jerry W. Davis
Hot Springs

From: Jeffrey Short
Sent: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 2:48 PM
To: <ARBIRD-L...>
Subject: massive warbler kill

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