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7 But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:
8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.
9 Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?
If you enjoy birds, you may…
- get involved in conservation.
- start feeding the birds.
- take part in the bird counts in your area.
- recycle. (I recently learned we were not recycling as much as we could. Paper milk/soup cartons and tin foil can be put in the big bin! YAY!)
- donate your time and money.
- go birding, Or…
- stop birding.
In October I mentioned we sat in on a presentation about raptors. This was one thing he talked about. I do not remember all the suggestions he listed, but I think I got most of them. That last one threw me for a loop. Why would you stop birding if you enjoy the birds?! But it didn’t take me long to figure it out, even before he said anything more.
Cost, not only of equipment, but gas to get to those birding hot spots or while aimlessly driving around to look for a species found in some rural area. Or the cost of airplane and pelagic trip fares for the more extreme birder.
Disruption of the birds and their environment. Walking around the yard disrupts the birds. This cannot be avoided, so I am not really referring to that.
Nesting birds need space and did you realize you leave a scent for a four-legged predator to follow at some late night hour when you are tucked away in your bed? After learning this tidbit, I wonder if that is what happened to the Mourning Doves in one of our trees back in Omaha. We didn’t know anything about birds then and didn’t even realize it was a Mourning Dove at the time. We just thought it was special there was a nesting bird in our yard and went close to the nest to investigate. The next day bird and eggs were gone.
Birds have been harassed* just to get the perfect photo or that number on the life/year lists. One most disturbing case is when birders form tight lines to flush Yellow Rails. Common birds or not, this behaviour is deplorable.
I am going to add one more to this list. If you enjoy the birds, you may…
stop eating fake sugars. I do not need to explain what I mean, you know what they are. I will just focus on one, Splenda AKA sucralose because of what I read recently.
I found a blog about frugal living that had some interesting blurbs in it. One was an article about fake eggs being developed. She mentioned fake sugar not breaking down in the body, so it is just eliminated. Then it becomes food for the fish. That sounded odd.
I did a quick search today and found this… Splenda’s Dirty Little Secret
For a long while, we have avoided using any product with fake sugar in it. There were just too many questions with the safety, but I never heard of any environmental impacts of them before. If you enjoy nature, enjoy those birds that visit your yard or the majestic Bald Eagles… whatever affects one animal of any type, will in turn affect the others.
In boring blog news:
You may have realized I have not posted at this site in a while. If you read my last entry, I basically decided to stop posting here except for the more important issues relating to birds. Theses postings could be wordy and possibly boring. :) Instead I started an email list to send to those who are interested . If you want to receive these emails and are not already, please leave a comment and make sure you fill in the email address you wish for me to use.
*One of my readers says there is a pop-up on that site. I looked through other pages and nothing came up. I have a good ad/pop-up blocker and this usually will tell me when it blocks a pop-up. No notice came at the top like it would normally. I do not doubt them, but if you do not wish to risk going to the site, I found another site with the same topic. Snowy Owl Photography Ethics