Friday, July 25, 2008

Act for Songbirds UPDATE; other news

News from the Bird Conservation Alliance:
"The following representatives have signed onto to the National Migratory Bird Conservation Act reauthorization H.R. 5756. If your organization is in their district, please take a minute to call or e-mail their offices and thank them for their support. If you don’t see your representative listed below – be sure to send them a note asking for their support. You can easily do this through the action site. Please ask your members to also visit this Act for Songbirds action site and send their e-mail!"

Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-9]
Rep Udall, Mark [CO-2]
Rep Hirono, Mazie K. [HI-2]
Rep Frank, Barney [MA-4]
Rep Tierney, John F. [MA-6]
Rep Gilchrest, Wayne T. [MD-1]
Rep Clay, Wm. Lacy [MO-1]
Rep Sires, Albio [NJ-13]
Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. [NY-22]
Rep Doggett, Lloyd [TX-25]
Rep Gonzalez, Charles A. [TX-20]

"Defenders of Wildlife, National Audubon Society, Seattle Audubon, Songbirds of Northern Indiana, and the Boreal Songbird Initiative have all placed information on their websites about the Act for Songbirds Campaign. "


Read about many Important Birds Areas in Alaska at this link.


Are you interested in the Mute Swan controversy? Then you may want to read the article here. Of course, not everyone agrees that Mutes should be controlled. Here's an example of the other point of view. Full disclosure: I do not accept the purported "evidence" that the Mute Swan is native to North America, and I agree with control efforts in Maryland and elsewhere around the Chesapeake Bay, as well as in Wisconsin and other states with control programs. You can decide for yourself which point of view you share...

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