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Thread subject: The Flint Hills Tallgrass Prairie Heritage Foundation
Name Date Message
Tim P 07/16/05 12:49 am Anyone who has read David Gessnerâs book âReturn of the ospreyâ may remember the chapter about Dennis Pulestons part in the banning of DDT in Suffolk County.
If Iâm not mistaken Suffolk was the first county in the US. to ban DDT and the rest of the country followed.
Today I ran into Victor Yannacone, Jr. a Patchogue based Attorney who was also played an integral part,he and his wife working together with Dennis in the 1960âs leading to a nation wide ban in 1972. He is mentioned in Gessners book.
Mr. Yannacone was telling me about his latest endeavor to help save the environment.
The Flint Hills Tallgrass Prairie Heritage Foundation. I was unaware but 95% of the Tallgrass Prairie in North American has been lost and only 4 % remains, mostly in Kansas and Oklahoma.
What may interest some of us is that this is declining habitat for grassland birds, including Greater Prairie-chickens and other resident species, migratory and neotropical species that depend on the area for summer nesting and brood rearing.
There is a legal case going on right now to keep Power Companyâs from moving in and building wind mill farms. Have a look at the website Iâm sure some of you will be interested.
Mr. Yannacone was very happy to hear about how successful the osprey season at DPOF was.
Celeste 07/16/05 05:19 am Interesting Tim.....amazing how one becomes aware....It never occurred to me that our praries had problems.
Shelley 07/16/05 06:04 am Tim, wow! The photo gallery is quite wonderful. I do believe the one that is labelled *Altamont owl* is a snow owl. I saw one in person just this past May, on a field trip we had to a Wildlife Centre, where we met folks who run the wildlife education rehab sector (they care for animals which have been injured and can no longer be returned to the wild).

And how lucky for you to have met this man! This looks like such an important project he is working on. I wonder how many people know of it, though, and if it is getting the exposure and support it needs. And how many other habitats like it are in the same endangered position. Sigh... I suspect, more than we'll ever know. What a sad comment on us humans, as a species...

Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention, Tim

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