[CT Birds] Ct endangered species lawsand Cabela's
b.webster at hotmail.com
Mon Jun 1 07:52:59 EDT 2009
I agree with Nick. The majority of birders I run into are very conscience of the environment they are birding. One of the big reasons that draws my to birds is my passion for nature, biology and evolution. In fact, it seems birders should be the last thing any delicate habitat should be worried about. Obviously there are exceptions to the rule, like anything in life.
And I can't agree more that humans do, and should stop thinking the earth is theirs (ours) and that humans are some kind of evolutionary masterpiece somehow above everything else. Which as a direct result, seems to force the DEP to run on fumes as there are 'more important' issues abound. Just an example from a single town.... here in Stratford they have a Stratford policeman at both middle schools. All day, all year. I somewhat understand high school, but couldn't their taxpaid salaries get put to much better use? Maybe cleaning out that liquid garbage dump we like to call Wooster Pond? I'm sure every town has a similar situation, with seemingly easy solutions. Perhaps mass public outcry is the way to go.
I have yet to drive up to Cabella's (I didn't know that was the first one in New England), but I plan to soon. Hopefully things are still going strong when I do. Upland Sandpiper and Grasshopper Sparrow would be lifers.
b.webster at hotmail.com
> Date: Sun, 31 May 2009 21:46:33 -0400
> From: nbonomo at gmail.com
> To: birddog55 at charter.net
> CC: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Ct endangered species lawsand Cabela's
> With all due respect Mark (and you know I mean that), I think you're way off
> on this. First of all, there hasn't been any problem with people being able
> to view these birds from behind Cabela's, so I don't see how that could be
> anyone's motivation here. I doubt that anybody wants to go trample through
> the nesting habitat beyond the fence since all the birds in question can be
> seen from the parking lot; I hope we all agree on that. Second, give us more
> credit than that. Why is it so hard to believe that birders actually care
> about the birds and not just their year/life lists? I think our motivations
> are pure in this case. I don't see any evidence to the contrary.
> I would have thought that a conversation involving bird conservation issues
> would be viewed as a positive, and at the very least a learning experience
> regarding the state's laws. I hope this doesn't discourage anyone from
> posting about bird conservation for fear of their motivations being
> Nick Bonomo
> Orange, CT
> On Sun, May 31, 2009 at 5:51 PM, Mark Szantyr wrote:
>> In reading all of the emails about the grassland habitat at Rentschler
>> Field and behind Cabela's I wonder if what is really being discussed and
>> protested is the lack of birder access. If it is concern about the
>> well-being of the species complex using the grassland there, it seems to me
>> that, at least until Pratt & Whitney begin the further development of the
>> land, the current no access rule is perhaps the best conservation plan
>> possible for the birds. Just today there were over twenty emails about the
>> issue, several of them told of small groups that went to the area to see the
>> birds. If you tally all of the small groups and individuals ( and in the
>> spirit of full disclosure, I have been there twice this season and unless
>> someone finds an accessible Fork-tailed Flycatcher, I am done) that have
>> made the trip to twitch the birds, it would equal a significant impact, I
>> fear. What are we really upset about? Lets make sure we are putting the
>> habitat and species in front of our "birder's right" to twitch a bird.
>> Mark S. Szantyr
>> 80 Bicknell Road #9
>> Ashford, Connecticut 06278
>> Birddog55 at charter.net
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