Date: 9/20/19 9:51 am
From: Simon Thompson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: "Bird Decline" should lead to Action...
I heartily support the J Anderson's thoughts and ideas. As a birder and a
businessman I am always trying to do the best I can in personal life and in
running our very environmental business. Most of us have not seen much of a
climate change aside from dealing with hotter conditions. I have been going
to Alaska at the same time of the year for many years and have seen
ice-bound conditions in Nome when I started to travel there and now spring
is well advance and leafed out willows are the norm. Quite a contrast over
a short space of time!

My thoughts.....

1. I will be at the Asheville, NC climate rally this afternoon.
2. My husband and I eat a plant-based diet whenever possible - even when we
travel. We have used the Seafood App and try to buy NC wild-caught shrimp
at all times when we eat seafood (not often these days). Also wild-caught
Atlantic Salmon once in a while.
3. We have "ungrassed" our property considerably and it's grown up a lot
now. Birdlist around 130 and mammals every day including bears, bobcat and
4. We use native plants whenever possible and no pesticides at all
5. Cats are certainly indoors. Any that appear in the yard are caught with
our Have-a heart trap and taken to the no-kill shelter here in Asheville.
6. As for single-use plastics. For our Ventures Birding Tours picnics, we
use washable heavy plastic plates, real cutlery (silverware!), and
recyclable cups. The only rubbish we ever have is paper napkins afterwards
- we may work on that as well. As for plastic bags, much to my husband's
annoyance, I always lecture the check-out person at the grocery store and
have actually given away reusable bags to other shoppers!!

I know we feel helpless when governments around the world are more
interested in opening up wildlife areas to drilling and other destructive
motives to please their corporate interests - worldwide not just in this
country. I am so pleased that young people are stepping up to the plate for
gun control and ant-pollution measures. I travel a lot and have seen things
around the world that defy description, such as taking a boat across
Jakarta Bay in Indonesia to see the Christmas Island Frigatebirds - the
boat captain had to pull the engine up every few minutes to remove plastic
bags from the propeller! Ugh!

This isn't a lecture or designed to make me feel good, I feel as if we have
no choice but to go out and talk to people. I know as a traveling birder,
my air travel is not good, but I can't see that changing any time soon.
Thanks again for hearing me out.

Simon RB Thompson

Ventures Birding Tours < >

Please use the Ventures e-mail (<Venturesbirding...>) to contact the
Ventures office - thanks!

On Fri, Sep 20, 2019 at 8:33 AM "J. Anderson" <carolinabirds...>

> ...not somber discussion.
> To counter Derb's lead, *if you are reading this* DON'T STOP (no offense
> Derb, I appreciate you sharing, as it will hopefully lead to helpful
> discussion and action about conservation. An inconvenient truth for bird
> enthusiasts everywhere, especially the younger generations who have to live
> through this continual decline)
> All too often we get caught up in the doom and gloom, pout about it, and
> never do anything.
> Today as I write this, on Friday, September 20th; students worldwide -
> many too young to vote - are around the world walking out of the classroom
> (and work) to sit in front of their legislative / parliament buildings to
> protest inaction in government toward climate solutions globally. No matter
> where you may be today, stop by or email your local representative. Demand
> change. Join them on the steps of your local legislative building - today.
> If you are working in a major city today, especially Raleigh, I can bet
> that there will be students on the steps of the legislature. If nothing
> else, go by. Thank them or join them.
> This is the time. Now, is the time. Take action.
> Hanging bird feeders is not the answer - reduce your lawn and plant natives
> If you live anywhere in North Carolina with more than 1/16 or 1/32
> an acre of mowed grass, you are doing birds a disservice. Plant a tree.
> This is the year. Buy and plant an oak, or a cluster of oaks in an open
> space. Worried about what "your HOA will say?" - take time to explain it to
> them. Change starts with you.
> Live on the edge of a wood line or forest? Start by introducing
> native shrubs and small trees along the edge to feather the border, and
> taper into wildflowers and warm season grasses like big bluestem. Reduce
> the amount of mowed grass each year. Now is the time to plant. Change
> starts with you.
> Have a "non-native" in your garden that is taking up space? Row of
> crape myrtles? Plant a native replacement beside it and allow time for it
> to establish before removing the other. Change starts with you.
> [And really, aside from the action perspective, now (Sept. - early
> Nov.) is the best time to plant trees, shrubs, and perennial plants as they
> will focus efforts on root development, rather than leaf and fruit
> production]
> If you physically or mentally can't implement these - *email me
> personally.* I would be glad to talk with you about options or even
> design for implementing a native garden in your backyard - whether in
> person, over the phone, or online.
> Stop using single use plastics
> A reusable set of utensils are not expensive nor daunting to carry
> around. Don't want to buy any? You can have the same effect by wrapping
> personal silverware in a small towel or bandanna. The same goes for
> reusable plastic bags and coffee mugs. Put them in your car *now* and you
> will always have it. Don't be ashamed to deny straws, or plastic forks,
> spoons, or knives. With a group of people? Take the initiative to stand up
> and say no or refuse for the group. At best, it creates positive
> conversation and awareness. If you are one "who doesn't like to leave food
> at a restaurant, but can't eat it" - then be prepared and bring a container
> with you - again, just leave it in the trunk of your car. Change starts
> with you.
> Purchase bird friendly coffee, chocolate, and palm oil products - and food
> The decline is not only restricted to the United States. We are in a
> global economy. Make every choice count. Purchase specific bird-friendly
> shade grown coffee. Can't find or afford that? Look to 'Rainforest
> Alliance' or at least 'Fair-trade' certified coffee, teas, and chocolate.
> Many of these products come from the overwintering areas in South and
> Central America. Do you already do this? If so, take a few seconds or a
> minute to randomly explain it to someone in line or in an aisle in a
> grocery store. Change starts with you.
> Reducing your consumption of meat products can reduce emissions,
> deforestation, water shortages, and dead zones in the ocean from
> agricultural pollutants. I am not telling you to go vegan, although
> appreciate you if you choose. Just by reducing the consumption, by any
> percentage, you are helping shift the new norm.
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> If you choose to eat seafood, do so sustainably. Supporting local
> fishing industry by buying wild caught fish from NC is much more
> sustainable than the farm-raised option from Chile. The same goes for
> shrimp. Change starts with you.
> Know your species. Looking to grill a nice fish steak? Bluefin tuna
> can take 10+ years to reach reproductive age - not a good option. Yellowfin
> tuna? Considerably less. Looking for the sustainable option? Mahi-mahi grow
> and mature much faster, reaching reproductive age within the first few
> years. Get the Seafood Watch App on your phone or visit this site to carry
> the info with you always
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> DON'T STOP AT YOUR FOOD - the food and diet of your pet is having
> the same effects on deforestation and overfishing - look at the labels on
> your dog and cat food and switch to a more sustainable option. Change
> starts with you.
> Work to make glass in your home or office more bird friendly. Change
> starts with you.
> Keep cats indoors. Period. I don't care how much 'Fluffy' likes the
> feeling of sun on her back. If she's outside, put her in a cage with a
> roof. Change starts with you.
> In conclusion. Birds are in decline. But there are ways we can help.
> Unfortunately humans are not going anywhere. Education can be awkward, but
> there are opportunities all around you. Change starts with you.
> --
> Jesse Anderson
> Pinnacle, NC
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