[CT Birds] Fwd: shame on us
birdinggeek at gmail.com
Thu Jun 27 17:46:39 EDT 2013
Certainly one of many viewpoints. I will still use this space to point out bird and birding related problems , though.
On Jun 27, 2013, at 1:40 PM, Michael Richardson <msr042377 at gmail.com> wrote:
> To All,
> While it is clear that humans have had a global impact on many species,
> including birds, I try very hard to shy away from the concept that we are
> more cruel, more invasive, and more destructive that what should be
> natural. Humans are not (to the best of my knowledge) aliens from another
> planet, so why do we so often exclude ourselves from the cycle of life? In
> many ways, Mother Nature (as well as the laws of physics) can be as
> destructive as humans have ever been. I mean, locusts invade an area an
> completely decimate crops. Birds move the seeds of invasive plants from
> one area to another. Viruses and fungal infections can be responsible for
> nearly destroying an entire species. Not all forest fires are caused by
> man. Plus there are earthquakes, landslides, volcanoes, tsunamis,
> hurricanes, ice-ages and cataclysmic asteroid impact events that nearly
> wipe-out all all of life itself. That being said, yes, humans can be very
> cruel and ignorant in their acts, but we are also a part of nature, and
> should make the mistake of thinking that nature is without cruelty. I
> remind myself of that every time I eat a hamburger or I see an Osprey
> carrying half of a fish in its talons.
> That being said, I think that there is much that human activists can do to
> help preserve our wildlife habitats in Connecticut, however I call upon
> this group to give more consideration to considering their actions and how
> they represent themselves towards the DEEP and other government bodies.
> The least beneficial thing to our cause would be to be labelled as
> troublemakers, unyielding, and a constant pain-in-the-ass to our government
> officials. Photographing every injustice, every piece of trash on the
> ground, every piece of dog or horse poo and sending it to our elected
> officials is wasting both our time and theirs. They are not going to
> respond to it, and it will likely cause them to turn a deaf ear towards our
> future requests. If litter and animal waste is an issue, then my
> suggestion is to act upon it directly. When you go out, bring a bag and
> collect as much as you can. Then, if you so choose, take a photo of your
> waste collection achievement and send it to the DEEP. It shows that you
> are willing to be a part of the solution and not just another person
> pointing a finger. That will get their attention. You can also help to
> organize clean-up events. Many times, local business will be willing to
> support the efforts by providing incentives. (For example, my buddy in the
> marketing department at Splash Car Wash might be willing to give free car
> washes away to anyone who spends a few hours picking up trash.)
> The DEEP has an obligation to keep their parks and forests clean, but it's
> an ongoing and difficult thing to manage. They do not have infinite
> resources to address every aspect of it. They need to rely upon the public
> to do what is right, and to give them a hand. After all, a state park is
> OUR park. We pay taxes to support it and we also share the responsibility
> to maintain it. There is simply no other way for it to run.
> As far as the DEEP goes with building parking lots, cutting down trees, and
> other threats to wildlife habitat, it's a difficult situation for both
> sides. While the DEEP has an obligation towards protecting the ecology of
> an area, the DEEP also has an obligation to provide services for ALL park
> visitors, even the ones who do not care about birds. Some people just
> want to sit on the beaches and play Frisbee. That is their right. To be a
> birder is an enjoyable gift, but not a right to dictate the policies and
> best practices of the DEEP. We must learn to work with them and not
> present ourselves as a force against them. We can call them out on their
> mistakes and instruct them on how they can do it better next time, but they
> do not answer to us, nor should they have to. We must be forgiving of
> their actions, as they have tough choices to make, limited time
> constraints, tight-budgets, and a limited supply of personnel. I suggest
> that we should present ourselves as a force that is willing to educate and
> become providers of solutions and keep ourselves separate from the
> finger-pointing and vigilante emotional responses.
> I too get fed-up when I see the destruction of nature, but I would rather
> see this organization (COA) and mailing list be used to provide positive
> relations with the DEEP, continue to discuss birds as a general topic, and
> if people strongly feel about taking action against the DEEP or other
> government body, to try to organize it outside of this mailing list.
> Michael Richardson
> Norwalk, CT
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Beverly Propen <bpropen at gmail.com>
> Date: Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 12:58 PM
> Subject: [CT Birds] shame on us
> To: paul.desjardins2 at gmail.com
> Cc: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> Hi Paul,
> It is soooo very disturbing what the human race does to this
> planet....birds, wildlife, habitats. Previous National Geographics had
> articles on the horrific slaughter of elephants (and the wildlife officers
> trying to protect them) in Africa, bears in China and I couldn't finish
> reading the articles. It is good that they are exposing these horrible
> abuses .
> After the article about the slaughter of elephants, there were numerous
> news and media articles about it, and what help was being offered. Even
> Secretary of State Clinton, commented and offered assistance.
> But for us birders, it is particularly heart breaking to read about
> cruelty issues like this, in addition to the fact that so much of the world
> bird populations are plummeting.
> The very least that I feel I can do is to support birding and wildlife
> organizations whose ethics reflect my own.
> But it is extremely upsetting. One really feels helpless.
> Bev Propen, Orange
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