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Thread subject: Newsday Birding Article
||06/02/05 09:05 am
||Long Island's Newsday has an interesting article today --Looking After the Flocks
Besides acknowledging that birding seems to be more popular than ever, particularly after the Lola and Pale Male episode, and the recent discovery of the "extinct" Ivory Billed Woodpecker....it profiled a group of New York City people who before work search the streets of New York near tall buildings looking for migratory birds who have become injured. These people belong to "Project Safe Flight, which started in 1997, and has 150 volunteers from the NYC Audoban Society. From April through June and again in the Fall, they rise before dawn to patrol oustside bldgs hoping to find and help birds that slam into buildings during the night.
Nationwide, a billion birds are killed each year, and NY is especially hazardous because of our distracting lights and reflective glass towers that are high in the sky. These volunteers have found more than 4000 birds, and have been able to save 700. When migratory birds approach NYC, the lights, the reflections on our architecture draws them like insects. In 2000, 65 birds alone were recovered around the World Trade Center. Some owners of these tall building have become sympathetic, and in fact the World Trade Center had netting installed on lower portions of the bldg. so that the birds would bounce off the netting instead of hitting the glass. Other bldgs have done the same. And our US Postal Service is considering to address collision problems at one of their bldgs...seems that the windows reflect the trees below distracting the birds also. The group brings these birds to a vet who treats them for free.
A 2004 US Forest Service reports birding as the fastest growing American pastime, involving 85 million people in some form of birdwatching. Four million Americans can spot 41 or more species.
||06/02/05 09:23 am
||Thanks Celeste...........wonderful to know there are great people out there helping the birds.
||06/02/05 11:47 am
||And don't you know as we Baby Boomers age the birding population is going to soar! Ahem :-)
||06/02/05 05:17 pm
||Here here...............lets take the world by storm.