Date: 9/24/19 11:23 am
From: Lena Gallitano <lbg...>
Subject: Re: 3 Billion birds gone - next steps?
Hello all,

Thanks to everyone for the thoughtful suggestions on steps we can all
take for birds at home and in our communities.

I'd like to go back to Derb Carter's email of last week in which he
brought to our attention what single voices from the past have
accomplished using Rachel Carson and others as examples.  I agree with
Derb that some of our most important environmental challenges started
with single voices and ended with powerful and important changes.  Now
we have another single voice that is challenging the world to do something.

Greta Thunberg has given every person in the world a challenge and, in
my opinion, has opened the door to every elected official from top to
bottom for a conversation about climate change and the loss of birds
that we all care about.  I believe birds and climate change are
intricately woven together and I know that all of our actions help them
in our small universes.  However, I think many of us are missing the
opportunity to help move the needle where it can have a huge impact - at
the government level, top to bottom.

From past experience here in North Carolina, we can look at issues
related specifically to the protection of birds and their habitats. 
When the time comes for public comment and input, birders are often
poorly represented in speaking up for the birds.  Birds, the climate and
the environment are pretty much non-political issues based on science. 
With these thoughts, I'd like to challenge everyone to speak up for the
birds.   How about one call or email every week to a legislator?

Along with all of you, I'm lamenting the loss, even in my own backyard,
at the number of species and birds when I compare years of Project
Feeder Watch.  But I also know the hand-wringing and thought that
"someone needs to do something" isn't working and that I need to
redouble my efforts to speak up for the birds that enrich my life.

It's very easy to sign on to action alerts, call a legislative office or
send an email.  I can make a list of some I use if you want to contact
me directly.  Will you join me and speak to your elected officials on
behalf of the birds?

From the window this morning:  2 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, 5
Baltimore Orioles and 2 Chimney Swifts flying above.

Kind regards and happy birding,

Lena Gallitano
Raleigh, NC



/–Dr. Thomas Lovejoy/

On 9/24/2019 10:59 AM, Scott Hartley (via carolinabirds Mailing List) wrote:
> Iwould agree with Betsy. No one can do everything but we all can do
> one thing.
> Bird wise I was visiting a friend in NC near Todd and had a pretty
> good mixed flick of migrants lots of Tennessee warblers and quite a
> few blackpoll/baybreasted/pine.
> Hope you all enjoy your week and that this dry weather breaks soon!
> Take care.
> Scott Hartley
> Myrtle Beach, SC
> Show quoted text
> On Tue, Sep 24, 2019, 8:58 AM Betsy Kane <carolinabirds...>
> <mailto:<carolinabirds...>> wrote:
> Gary, Parkin, and others:
> We definitely don't have till 2050.  About a year ago, scientists
> confirmed we had about 12 years to take massive action to address
> global warming to avoid much of the planet becoming incapable of
> sustaining human settlement, not to mention anything like normal
> ecosystems.
> We're looking at the entire Greenland ice sheet melting -- ice up
> to a mile thick that, by itself, melted, will raise sea level
> multiple feet.  We're looking at refugee migrations of tens to
> hundreds of millions of people.
> Bill McKibben said last Thursday evening (at his well-attended
> lecture at East Carolina University) that "If you think the
> migration of a few hundred thousand Central American refugees to
> the US southern border caused political upheaval, imagine what
>  100 million climate refugees on the move will do."
> He said, "The question is not whether we are headed to hell, the
> question is, how hot will that hell be."
> What we do THIS YEAR -- and for the next year after that, and the
> year after that, until we reach a point of certain feedback
> mechanisms being triggered that we don't yet understand very well,
> but they overwhelmingly do not act in our favor -- determines how
> hot our planet will get.
> It is not hopeless.  Every one of us can act.
> It's also not a binary thing -- what we do next determines a range
> of outcomes, from really bad to very bad.
> I know these words are mostly "preaching to the choir".  There is
> value in the choir singing heartily.
> Some recent research on political change concludes that only 3
> percent or so of people are necessary to create sufficient
> resistance action to topple apparently hard-fixed political regimes.
> Food for thought.  Enjoy your birding day.
> Betsy Kane
> Washington, N.C.
> elevation 10'
> On Tue, Sep 24, 2019 at 8:39 AM Laura Ratchford
> <carolinabirds...> <mailto:<carolinabirds...>> wrote:
> Great post, Gary.  Thank you.
> On Tue, Sep 24, 2019 at 8:33 AM Gary Harbour
> <gharbour...> <mailto:<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...>
>> <mailto:<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...>
>> <mailto:<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...> <mailto:<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...>
>>> <mailto:<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...>
>>> <mailto:<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...>
>>>> <mailto:<Venturesbirding...>) to contact
>>>> the Ventures office - thanks!
>>>> On Mon, Sep 23, 2019 at 5:12 PM Parkin Hunter
>>>> <carolinabirds...>
>>>> <mailto:<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...>
>>>> <mailto:<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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