Date: 7/22/17 8:07 am From: Bill Whan <billwhan...> Subject: [Ohio-birds] Birding in Texas: some warnings
I know a lot of Ohio birders have seen the extravagant birdlife of the Rio Grande River along the US/Mexican border. American park properties along the river like Santa Ana NWR used to offer an opportunity to do some excellent birding along their luxuriant habitats. I am seeing a lot of complaints from birders who are being denied access to excellent US property in the parks, along with the destruction of bird habitats; see for example some posts on today's Missouri listserve (http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesid=1311805&MLID=MO&MLNM=Missouri) that describe the new efforts by the Trump administration to build a wall along the US/Mexico border. Or check the 20 July Texas list http://birding.aba.org/maillist/TX to see what birders there think of the Wall's construction. This is not just a stupid plan to seal off the US, but a more important destruction of a significant chain of riparian habitats in an arid area that is otherwise not attractive to semitropical birds. See what you think. Bill Whan Columbus
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