[CT Birds] Ruffed Grouse etc / Conservation
mhuang at snet.net
mhuang at snet.net
Sat Nov 1 20:48:37 EDT 2014
everyone should buy a duck stamp. ir benefits all wetland dependent species. To add to the earlier discussion, PR monies are based on an 11% tax on hunting equipment. that equates to an average
of 4 million a year fir CT wildlife and conservation-the majority if which hoes to game species-rightly so. if we had a 10% tax on birdseed it would generate over 6 million a year. most game speciea are stable or increasing. 80% of shrubland birds, 50% of grassland birds, and 30% if firest birds are declining- and they dont get shot. money means conservation. step up and lets get together and do something for our resource. 12 states have dedicated funds for non game wildlife. we, the richest state in the union are in the bottom 10% in per capita spending on conservation. pathetic.
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> On Nov 1, 2014, at 8:24 PM, "David R. Holmes via CTBirds" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
> Maybe we should all buy duck stamps? Who knows how many other marsh and wetland species will benefit?
> ---- Joseph Cala via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
>> Coming from a hunting background I feel the need to interject into this
>> discussion and present the other side of the argument here, even though
>> Keith touched on a few points.
>> One summer bird count encompassing 1400 hours is not the be all end all of
>> bird counting. A quick look on ebird for this year shows over 20 reports
>> for Ruffed Grouse with numerous locations showing more than one sighting.
>> We all know that not everyone uses ebird, so these are certainly not the
>> only sightings for this year.
>> That doesn't even to begin to discuss how easy it is to walk right by any
>> number of 'game birds' and never see them -- which certainly factors into
>> the numbers that are seen and reported.
>> On a different note, the State of CT is not interesting in wiping out a
>> game bird that attracts hunting dollars. Grouse population isn't dependent
>> upon the bag limit or number of hunters, but rather the available habitat
>> they have, which is limited. If you have issues with the population in the
>> state, contribute conservation dollars to the state so that areas can be
>> managed for them.
>> It's frustrating to see some many 'birders' vilify hunters in general as
>> some ravaging band of lunatics that shoot and kill everything in sight and
>> take full or excessive bag limits. Real hunters are the exact opposite of
>> that, and many bird areas in the state simply would not exist without
>> hunting conservation dollars.
>> Ducks Unlimited, for example, has conserved more than 13 million acres of
>> habitat since 1937. 81% of dollars brought in by DU goes directly to
>> wetlands conservation and education.
>> The Pittman-Robertson act of 1937 added an 11% excise tax onto firearms and
>> ammunition sales which has resulted in billions of dollars of federal aid
>> being available to states. Connecticut received almost $9M in funds from
>> this program in 2014 alone.
>> The CT 'Duck Stamp' program has resulted in 3145 acres of wetlands being
>> protected in the state and over $1.2M in sales directly from purchases of
>> the stamp. It's also resulted in almost $2M in matching federal funds that
>> go directly towards wildlife conservation in this state.
>> Just to make a point -- Connecticut Audubon's 2013 annual report shows
>> total revenues of $3.9MM, HALF of what the state of CT received from the
>> Pittman-Robertson federal funding. And of that nearly $4M CT Audubon
>> received, 80% of that is spent on education and only 20% on conservation.
>> Point is that hunters and hunting/shooting related activity contribute a
>> MASSIVE amount towards conservation in this state. Instead of vilifying
>> hunters for hunting, perhaps we as 'birders' need to follow in their
>> example. A 'Duck Stamp' is $13 -- if we can afford bags of seed every
>> month we can surely afford a $13 stamp. If you're against the Duck Stamp
>> for some reason, contribute directly to CT Audubon. If you like waterfowl,
>> contribute to Ducks Unlimited or Delta Waterfowl.
>> And finally if you're concerned about Ruffed Grouse, contribute to the
>> Connecticut Ruffed Grouse Society and help them help the grouse reclaim
>> proper habitat.
>> Joseph Cala
>> Willington, CT
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