[CT Birds] Invasiveds

James Dugan jim at worldpeace.org
Fri Jan 11 11:58:44 EST 2013

In one aspect every species in CT that is visible to the naked eye is an invasive since the Laurentide Ice Sheet very recently subsided.

Jim Dugan
New Milford

On Jan 11, 2013, at 11:30 AM, Tom de Boor wrote:

> My 2 cents...man's impact on the environment has become so pervasive that
> it has become increasingly difficult and artificial to try to distinguish
> between the birds that we 'introduced' and the ones that got to where they
> are now 'on their own.'  For example, unless someone released a Monk
> Parakeet into your yard, it took the initiative to fly there from
> somewhere. For me, that's tough to distinguish from a Cardinal that's
> only here because of food supplies we created and climate change we
> generated. Even the original out-of-range journeys of many of these birds
> are becoming increasingly human-generated. To me, the smart thing to do as
> birders is to treat invasives as we do any other birds, in terms of
> counting and reporting them, and in this way fulfilling our scientific
> purpose, such as it is. After all, the trade wind of human trade that
> brings a steady stream of parrots to our shores is likely more ecologically
> relevant than a freak storm that brings a once in a century vagrant.   Of
> course, thanks to man, those freak storms are increasingly unfreak, too.
> Tom de Boor
> Branford, CT
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