Date: 9/20/19 1:39 pm
From: Gary Harbour (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: "Bird Decline" should lead to Action...
Jesse and Simon,

Thank you for sharing your excellent ideas on how we can fight the loss of the birds we all love. Rachel Carson first warned of the Silent Spring. Let’s do what we can to stop the decline and bring back the birds.

Good Birding,
Gary Harbour

> On Sep 20, 2019, at 8:32 AM, J. Anderson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> wrote:
> ...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 <>
> 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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