Date: 9/1/18 5:28 pm From: Anthony Hill <anhinga13...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Barn Swallows in Hadley
I share Mara Silver's concern about the fate of the nesting Barn Swallows at the Fort River refuge in Hadley. I also think it's important to keep in mind that the management of the Conte Refuge is being assailed by severe budgetary constraints affecting both infrastructure and staff, due in no small part to the philosophy of the current administration in Washington, especially the Secretary of the Interior. In the referenced article (link below) in the Daily Hampshire Gazette the management of the Refuge has presented five options, one of which does in fact involve taking down the barn where the Barn Swallows have been nesting. Demolition of the building is not the only option listed, and the comment period should be seen as a way for concerned citizens such as this community to voice our opinions on each proposal on the list.
Anthony Hill Certified Trainer, Passerines and Hummingbirds Co-Chair, Certification Committee North American Banding Council (http://www.nabanding.net) Coordinator, Appledore Island Migration Station
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