Date: 5/15/17 8:20 pm
From: Kara K Beach <islippednfell...>
Subject: Re: massive warbler kill
Thank you, Don.

Even when I lived on a postage stamp size piece of land, I found that
feeding and providing bird baths year round and a few brush piles went a
long way to help.

I am thankful that we have the land we do now so we can cater to the

I appreciate everyone's efforts regardless of how big or little they seem.


From: The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List
[mailto:<ARBIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of Donald C. Steinkraus
Sent: Monday, May 15, 2017 3:22 PM
To: <ARBIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: massive warbler kill

Kara Beach,

I think those of us lucky enough to own woods, pastures, meadows, prairies,
wetlands, lake frontage, ponds, have a special obligation and privilege to
help wild things. Thank you for the great work you are doing.



From: The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List <ARBIRD-L...>
<mailto:<ARBIRD-L...> > on behalf of James Morgan
<jlmm...> <mailto:<jlmm...> >
Sent: Monday, May 15, 2017 12:11:56 PM
To: <ARBIRD-L...> <mailto:<ARBIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: massive warbler kill

Native plant taxes.

Could be done in the online "AR sales tax" submission.
Currently there is a tax rate for un-cooked food items at the state level
and a rate for all all other retail merchandice.
A county/city could have a rate for native plants sales tax just like the
state has for food items.

Then the retail nursery/merchant's cash register software would need to
include that reduced sales tax on native plants

(Kim - last post on this for me)
Jim Morgan

On 5/15/2017 11:28 AM, Donald C. Steinkraus wrote:

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
<mailto:<ARBIRD-L...> <ARBIRD-L...> on behalf
of James Morgan <mailto:<jlmm...> <jlmm...>
Sent: Monday, May 15, 2017 10:37:22 AM
To: <ARBIRD-L...> <mailto:<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

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

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
<mailto:<ARBIRD-L...> <ARBIRD-L...> on behalf
of Jerry Davis <mailto:<jwdavis...> <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...> <mailto:<ARBIRD-L...>

Subject: massive warbler kill

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