Date: 9/24/19 5:39 am
From: Laura Ratchford (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: 3 Billion birds gone
Great post, Gary. Thank you.

On Tue, Sep 24, 2019 at 8:33 AM Gary Harbour <gharbour...> wrote:

> All,
> Parkin is right. The micro stuff is stuff we can do, should do, and will
> make a difference. But the big picture is what the science tells us.
> Today habitats are moving north at 15ft/day. If we don’t figure out a way
> to go carbon neutral by 2050 the world will look very different from the
> one we live in. Right now we are veering off of a course that would only
> limit warming to 3C. While, average global temperature increases of 3-4C
> may not seem like much, it’s 5.5-7.2F. We have to remember that is an
> average (it will be 2 times that in the arctic) and it’s not just
> temperature. We all know hurricanes will be stronger because of the extra
> heat in the ocean, we will have larger down pours as moisture in the air
> increases 7% with each 1C. But by 2050, we will have desertification of
> large parts of our Southwest, Southern Europe, Southern Asia, and Africa
> leading to famine and water scarcity for 100’s of millions of people. This
> along with sea-level rise will mean 100’s of millions of climate refugees
> from the world's coastal cities. Most of the oceans today will be hot-dead
> zones of acidic water. There is no Planet B. Our progress, in moving to a
> carbon free economy is not anywhere near fast enough to avoid this fate for
> our (today’s) children, much less future generations. Just ask yourself,
> what if the Scientists are right? Listen to the science. Listen to the
> birds.
> Good Birding,
> Gary
> “We Do Not Inherit the Earth from Our Ancestors; We Borrow It from Our
> Children”
> Wendell Berry
> On Sep 24, 2019, at 7:58 AM, Laura Ratchford (via carolinabirds Mailing
> List) <carolinabirds...> wrote:
> 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...>
> wrote:
>> 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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