Date: 5/6/20 1:28 pm
From: Maeve Kim <maevulus...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] The Bird That Helped Save a Swamp ...
On 2020-05-06 12:49, Susan Elliott wrote:
> A great message about the importance of bird records.
> Sue Elliott
> Sent from my iPhone
>> On May 6, 2020, at 11:10 AM, Maeve Kim <maevulus...>
>> wrote:
>> ... is back!
>> Years ago, two houses were built overlooking the Jericho Center beaver
>> pond, both too close and one actually in wetland. A neighbor
>> complained. The contractor hadn't applied for or received necessary
>> permits. Legal things moved slowly and the houses were completely done
>> before there were hearings. One hearing was before the Water Resources
>> Board. People had seen me walking back there with binoculars and asked
>> if I happened to have a list of birds. Of course I did! During my
>> testimony, when I mentioned having seen American Bitterns at the
>> beaver pond on several occasions, people on the WR Board stiffened.
>> When? What months of the year? Calling? Where exactly on the pond and
>> wetlands? One member of the Board explained to the gathering that
>> bitterns are very sensitive to light pollution. His follow-up
>> questions to the contractor focused on porch lights, spot lights, and
>> yard lights.
>> Everything ended with a compromise: the house farthest from the
>> wetlands could remain but only with mitigation in the form of a row of
>> cedars and a change in outdoor lighting, but the other house had to be
>> either moved or removed. It was a financial disaster for the builder,
>> who ended up having to dismantle the large dwelling and move it piece
>> by piece.
>> The beaver pond had faced an earlier threat: several hundred planned
>> "housing units" in the adjacent field. That too ended in a compromise.
>> There are a dozen or so houses clustered at one end and the rest of
>> the area is owned by that development and open for non-motorized
>> travel.
>> Today we visited the beaver pond, as we often do, and listened to -
>> and twice saw! - an American Bittern. We also saw and heard so much
>> more. The pond and wetlands are a wonderful resource for wildlife and
>> humans alike!
>> Here's the whole list from today's walk:
>> Maeve Kim, Jericho Center
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