Date: 7/24/17 4:09 pm
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1...>
Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] Birding in Texas: some warnings
Shorebirds must be slow.

On Jul 24, 2017 6:36 PM, "Phil Sisto" <pmsisto...> wrote:

> Certainly letting your colors (or lack thereof) show there, Paul. Wow. Can
> the list serve moderator do something about this rather over-the-top
> display of ethnocentrism, please?
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Jul 24, 2017, at 5:42 PM, Paul Dubuc <pauldubuc...> wrote:
> >
> > 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), SalineƱo (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.
> >
> > Bird well,
> >
> > Paul
> >
> >
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> >> 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
> >>>>
> >>>> Best,
> >>>> Liz
> >>
> >>
> >>> 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
> >>> (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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