[CT Birds] Survival of Fork-tailed Flycatcher
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Tue Dec 10 15:56:58 EST 2013
" The Prime Directive dictates that there can be no interference with the
internal development of alien civilizations."
Anyone who is a fan of Star Trek will recognize "The Prime Directive."
We can carry this thought to birds rather than alien civilizations and
apply it to these winter hummingbirds, the Fork-tailed Flycatcher, the
Snowy Owls and any other species for that matter. I believe that "we" have
to trust that nature knows what she is doing. I believe that for "us" to
intervene on the behalf of *individual birds who belong to species that
are otherwise stable and not in danger of extinction,* discounts millions
and millions of years of evolution and natural selection.
I think that we have to resist the temptation to save everything because we
might not like the outcome.
Just my thoughts.
On Tuesday, December 10, 2013, Mark Szantyr wrote:
> We have and I believe that, in retrospect, we were likely wrong to do it.
> It is always the best idea to honor the wisdom of the natural process.
> It is very difficult to do this. I struggle with this with every winter
> hummingbird I have the pleasure to see. I trust that the birds know best
> how to be hummingbirds.
> > But haven't we done that previously with late hummers ? Or am l mis-
> > remembering?
> > Claudia longmore
> > Wethersfield
> > *Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID*
> > At the risk of sounding cold and heartless, that would be wrong to do.
> > should not interfere. If you think shooting snowy owls is wrong, catching
> > flycatchers is sort of wrong too. I certainly understand the caring that
> > behind this feeling, but nature is " bloody in tooth and claw".
> > Mark
> > wrote:
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