Date: 5/15/17 9:36 am From: Kara K Beach <islippednfell...> Subject: Re: massive warbler kill
We each need to do what we can to make an impact.
For my part. my husband and I currently own about 53, mostly wooded acres. We have two ponds. one is a small pond and the other is an acre and a half.
My cat is an indoor only cat and she is just fine with that.
We don't use pesticides or fertilizers. We have bird feeders out and bird houses. Our bluebird babies fledged last week. Five or six of them. We have wood duck boxes out but they haven't used them yet. Last year mama wood duck and her chicks had a swim on the pond and left. A pair of blue winged teal rested for a day on our pond this Spring and several wood ducks came through. We even had a large flock of white fronted geese and three ross' geese land during a foggy day in the fall and rest before moving on.
We plant as much native grasses, flowers, shrubs and trees as we can.
We had 10 acres burned this summer and about two acres cleared. One cleared acre of it was planted with wildflowers for pollinators. The other cleared acres and the fire breaks were planted with clover and other seed for quail, dove, turkey and deer. We will be putting in two bee hives this year.
Other than clearing out some pin oak to get some nuttal and overcup in, we will leave our trees alone (oak, hickory, short leaf pine mostly). We will be putting in some fruiting trees for the deer and birds to feast on.
If as many of us as possible do our part, we will create sanctuaries where all manner of living creature can thrive there and with any luck attract rarities to visit.
I thank all of you that are doing your part with what you have.
From: The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List [mailto:<ARBIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of Donald C. Steinkraus Sent: Monday, May 15, 2017 10:24 AM To: <ARBIRD-L...> Subject: Re: massive warbler kill
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.
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?