Date: 7/24/17 2:39 pm From: Paul Dubuc <pauldubuc...> Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] Birding in Texas: some warnings
I'll regret this, but surprising as it may be, some birders aren't baby boomers and actually like to think before they "sock it to the man."
So, before you wade into the fractious US immigration debate on the wrong side so Wilma from Coshocton can get Olive Sparrow on her life list:
1) I'm not finding evidence that Santa Ana or Bentsen are closed or even closing.
2) Both parks have always featured barriers on the national frontier (Bentsen is opposite the giant conurbation of Reynosa, the capitol of Tamaulipas State and Santa Ana is just north of Rio Ciudad, another metropolis).
3) Whose copiously littered-upon and dangerous lands are the never-open Hidalgo Pumphouse trails on? Mexico's! One look across the river basin from Roma is enough to realize the extent to which our neighbors cooperate in wildlife-related stewardship. Providing an attractive dump for an endangered crow is about as much heavy lifting as this banana republic seems capable of. Keeping you safe from kidnapping by narcos if you go to see it?... Not so much. Heed your rental car agent re: travel in Tamaulipas.
4) Barrier construction is likely to be much more extensive and intrusive upriver at rural places like San Ygnacio (White-collared Seedeater), Salineño (Muscovy Duck, Brown Jay), and on up to Falcon Dam. Keep birder activist powder dry for environmental fights on these more sensitive sites with pristine habitat on both sides of the border.
5) The notion that even a full closure of both parks would make El Valle unbirdable is hyperbole. Incredible sites like Estero Llano Grande, Edinburgh Scenic Wetlands, King Ranch, Harlingen and Padre are not on the border and will all have you furiously making life list notes. Bonus fun fact: Your chance of being beheaded for your Swarovskis decreases geometrically as you distance yourself from the third world!
5). Border enforcement is and ever has been an impediment to birders in El Valle (and in Cochise Co. Arizona for that matter) and the blame for this lies entirely with Mexico.
Thanks for reading.
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> On Jul 23, 2017, at 10:07 PM, Liz Jaggers <liz.jaggers...> wrote:
> For those interested in voicing their opposition to the wall to help save the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge, there is a petition at this link:
>>> https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/save-santa-ana-wildlife-refuge >>>
>> On Jul 22, 2017, at 11:06 AM, Bill Whan <billwhan...> wrote:
>> 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
>> 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
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