[CT Birds] Galinule rehab
Mntncougar at aol.com
Mntncougar at aol.com
Fri Oct 2 19:54:09 EDT 2015
Exactly what resources are we talking about here? It seems to me that if
any effort is made in this or similar cases it will be volunteer resources.
Even the rehabbers are volunteers and as far as I know are supported by
donations by those who appreciate their work. But it seems to me that if I'm
willing to volunteer my time or donation, it's my business.
And, of course it's an emotional response, one I think most people have to
a suffering animal, particularly one that has given us some kind of
personal pleasure or satisfaction. It will do nothing for the greater good of the
species unless it happens to be something like a Whooping Crane, where
every individual is precious.
But even that is an emotional response. I doubt that the existence or
demise of the species will make any real difference in the world. But our
species clearly prefers having them. One thing I know for sure; the earth
doesn't care. And it is still, thankfully, up to us as individuals to
determine what we wish to support or ignore.
Don Morgan, Coventry, Ct.
mntncougar at aol.com
In a message dated 10/2/2015 4:34:25 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
lawtonesq at gmail.com writes:
And an emotional response to the purported suffering of single animal is
rarely if ever a legitimate basis for conservation policy or effective use
of our resources. It might make us feel better and assuage the
haunting...but doesn't help the species unless it happens to be extremely endangered,
and then the assistance and resources are applied for other policy reasons.
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From: Mark Szantyr via CTBirds
Sent: Friday, October 2, 2015 3:22 PM
To: Mntncougar at aol.com
Reply To: Mark Szantyr
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Galinule rehab
I think this is an inaccurate characterization of the situation with the
calliope hummingbird or of any winter hummingbird.
> On Oct 2, 2015, at 10:05 AM, Don Morgan via CTBirds
<ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
> I will put myself in the column in favor of attempting to rehab the bird
> if it can be done without a ridiculous amount of effort.
> I must say I never thought too much about this sort of thing until a few
> years ago when the Simsbury Calliope Hummer was allowed to freeze to
> in the name of letting Nature take its course, even though the bird was,
> all estimations, perfectly healthy until the really frigid cold arrived.
> That bird was effectively trapped here by humans who fed it until it was
> far away from an environment it could survive in . The whole episode has
> haunted me ever since.
> I have zero knowledge of how to capture such a bird, let alone with
> anything to do with rehabbing it, but since I only live a few miles from
> site I will volunteer to help with such an effort to the extent that I
> That might include breaking a trail through the brush to the area where
> bird usually is, but I don't know if whoever is in charge of that area
> Mansfield would allow that. Perhaps a more practical approach would be
> a rubber raft or kayak(s) to try and get near it, since I assume the
> must now have a few inches of water. If the traps that have been
> are available, that might really be the best way.
> If I can assist, please contact me
> Don Morgan, Coventry, Ct.
> mntncougar at aol.com
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