Date: 9/25/19 1:23 am
From: Judi Sawyer (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: 3 Billion birds gone
I really appreciate everyone's thoughts on this. I have developed the habit
of posting a picture most days to Facebook with some sort of inspirational
quote. This quote seems fitting:

“The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice
something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be
heard.” - Gaylord Nelson

There are things we can do and we will all need to do our part. I'm
grateful that I'm not alone in that thinking.

#3billionbirds #bringbirdsback

Judi Sawyer

On Tue, Sep 24, 2019, 11:10 AM Scott Hartley <carolinabirds...> 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...> 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...>
>> wrote:
>>> 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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