Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Scare Crow

Freaked-out opposition and stern eyebrow-raising amongst the citizenry has caused the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to drop its plan to poison crows and ravens on Clam Beach as a means to protect the threatened Western snowy plover. - The Journal

The plan -- called an experiment by the Fish and Wildlife Service -- was to plant avicide-laced chicken eggs on the beach where plover-egg plundering corvids are wont to roam. The Fish and Wildlife Service's news release announcing its dropping of the plan states quite pointedly why it was considering such a severe measure:
"Humboldt County's Clam Beach has one of the most aggressive predation rates by crows and ravens on snowy plovers within the bird's range. In the last 11 years, more than 70 percent of Pacific Coast snowy plover eggs along the northern-most California coast have been lost due to crow and raven predation."
You can see the motivation....

Now the service will go back to the arsenal to try to come with a new, non-lethal plan -- with the public's help -- for protecting plovers. Those who want to help develop a new plan -- and we're figuring that's every one of you who squawked about the poison one -- might want to go to the meetings the service has set up: 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov.29 at the Humboldt County Agriculture Center, 5630 South Broadway in Eureka; and during the Dec. 12 McKinleyville Community Services District Board meeting, which starts at 7 p.m., at Azalea Hall, 1620 Pickett Road in McKinleyville.

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