Date: 9/24/19 4:24 am
From: Laura Ratchford (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: 3 Billion birds gone
Agree (sadly) about Congress. But there a few things that I know I can do:
leave snags on my property when trees die--just have them topped; cover all
windows in my house with the same film that the Toronto Zoo used with their
glass entry caused a massive number of window strikes; plant native
plants. I'd love to hear other suggestions!!! Thanks to all of you, Laura

On Tue, Sep 24, 2019 at 4:11 AM "J. Merrill Lynch" <carolinabirds...>

> To all of you who advocate trying to solve this problem through the
> political system I ask this question. Do you think the representatives in
> Congress represent you and your interests? If so you are comfortably
> delusional.
> Merrill Lynch
> Echo Valley Farm
> Watauga County, NC
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Sep 23, 2019, at 5:41 PM, Simon Thompson (via carolinabirds Mailing
> List) <carolinabirds...> wrote:
> Thanks Parkin
> This is not a dead horse at all- we ALL need to be talking about it,
> writing to our representatives and getting the word out that we don't like
> what this administration is doing at all.
> Keep up the good work
> Simon
> Simon RB Thompson
> Ventures Birding Tours
> <>
> Please use the Ventures e-mail (<Venturesbirding...>) to contact the
> Ventures office - thanks!
> On Mon, Sep 23, 2019 at 5:12 PM Parkin Hunter <carolinabirds...>
> wrote:
>> I don’t think it is beating a dead horse. Look at this admitted
>> anticipated damage to bird life in coastal Alaska. If our government does
>> not change, I do not think there is really any hope.
>> <>
>> Parkin Hunter
>> Columbia, SC
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> On Sep 23, 2019, at 2:53 PM, <badgerboy...> wrote:
>> Not to beat a dead horse, but pursuant to the news about bird declines to
>> the tune of 3 billion birds over 50 years in our continent, if you'd like
>> to see first-hand just how this is happening, then go out to Phillips Gap
>> (Milepost 266 or so in Ashe Co. on the Blue Ridge Parkway) right now and
>> see what happens when fossil fuels, earth-moving equipment, and people all
>> get together.
>> What was formerly an incredibly productive wetland and small pond with
>> lots of turtles, frogs, birds, (and I even saw an otter in there once) and
>> a densely vegetated shallow and border area, is now a smoking wreck. The
>> entire area has been bulldozed in what appears to be motivated by the need
>> to water young christmas trees from the pond's supply. There's a dead
>> snapping turtle right on the upper side of the pond. An incredibly sad, but
>> all too common sight these days as our last remaining productive ecosystems
>> are stripped away for profit. And all this in plain view from the Blue
>> Ridge Parkway.
>> The irony here is that the only thing being produced by this calamity is
>> the deluded dream of simpler times invoked by having a tree in one's house
>> during the holidays. If you care about NC appalachian mountain ecosystems
>> and all the birds they support, you might think about not buying a live
>> christmas tree this year, and in the foreseeable future. The environmental
>> destruction could be a very high price to pay for this comfortable delusion.
>> In birding news I found not one but 2! Philadelphia Vireos today on the
>> Mountains to Sea Trail by US421, along with 12 species of warblers. Its
>> shaping up to be a very birdy fall migration season this year in NW NC.
>> Guy McGrane, Deep Gap, NC

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