Date: 9/24/19 4:59 am
From: Laura Ratchford (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: 3 Billion birds gone
Thanks, Parker--you make a great point. I need to examine my cynicism
about government and politics. I also wonder if there is a way to bring
attention to the terrible problem of bird strikes to the corporate sector.
LEEDS sustainability standards have been embraced by commercial
developers--perhaps raising awareness among building owners about the
terrible problem of bird deaths by window strikes--and the fixes
available--could also bring real changes.

On Tue, Sep 24, 2019 at 7:49 AM Parkin Hunter <tparkinhunter...>

> I agree we all should do stuff on what is really a micro level. However,
> think about this as reported by Ballotpedia:
> . The *federal*government owns 4.64 percent of *South Carolina's* total
> *land*, 898,637 acres out of 19,374,080 total acres. *South Carolina* ranked
> 30th in the nation in *federal land* ownership.
> Ballotpedia › Federal_land_policy_i...
> The direction government is taking on conservation is appalling. However,
> to have any real inpact, government has to
> change. People have to vote, maybe against their own perceived self
> interest in some areas, to get better conservation laws or even get current
> ones such as the MBTA and ESA enforced.. With the current gutting of the
> Clean Water Act, watch how fast small wetlands are going to disappear. If
> you vote only to reduce taxes and shrink goverment, my hypothesis is that
> birds and everything are in big trouble. As I understand it, proposals are
> out there to open Chaco Canyon to uranium mining as well as to expand
> logging and mineral development in the Tongass National Forest.
> Apologies for saying too much. If I offended anyone, I apologize for that
> also. I feed birds and I think do a lot of conservation but am under no
> delusion- illusion that this will have any noticeable or measureable impact.
> Parkin Hunter
> Columbia, Ridgeway, Garden City Beach sc
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Sep 24, 2019, at 7:23 AM, Laura Ratchford <lratch...> wrote:
> 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...>
> wrote:
>> 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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