Bill & Donna Lenhart
Hello! We are happy to be the new Conservation co-chairs
for the club! As you know, the environment is under assault from
the new administration in the White House. With the environment
threatened, so too, is its wildlife. We will be here, keeping you
informed, not only of pending legislation, but things you can do
to ensure the well-being of our feathered, furred and other outdoor
Idea - According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology,
recent studies have found that some birds aren't getting enough
calcium, possibly because acid rain is leaching calcium from the
soil. So, the Lab invites all birders to put crushed eggshells out
at platform feeders and on the ground for the birds' consumption.
This will be especially helpful to the birds during breeding season.
(from Organic Gardening March/April 2000)
- National Arbor Day in New York State is the last Friday in April
(the 27th this year). So, give the birds, the animals and yourself
the gift of planting a tree! ps - did you know the state tree of
New York is the Sugar Maple?
Made in the Shade -
Lots of things today pose a serious threat to birds, not the least
of which is their disappearing winter habitat in South America.
Much of this forest habitat is being lost to coffee farms. You can
do your part to help them by purchasing only shade-grown coffee.
Small, family-owned farms are trying to make a go of it, while simultaneously
helping the birds, by planting shade-loving coffee plants. Rest
assured that no bird habitat is destroyed to bring you your morning
coffee when you buy these!
Some of the places you can purchase this coffee are:
Arbor Day Foundation
100 Arbor Avenue
Nebraska City, NE 68410
|They sell Rainforest Rescue coffees, whole-bean
or ground, $8.95 a bag. Right now they are running a special,
$5.00 a bag. Your purchase will help to protect the El Triunfo
Biosphere Reserve in Chiapas, where 30 native mammals and some
150 bird species call home!
3515 Silverside Road
Wilmington, DE 19810
|They sell Songbird coffees, whole-bean or ground,
prices vary. These coffees come from Mexico, Costa Rica, and
Guatemala from forests that hawks, parrots, orioles, macaws,
warblers, flycatchers, woodpeckers and doves, among others,
Locally, you can find shade-grown coffee at Mother
Earth's Storehouse, Route 9, Poughkeepsie, in the plaza in front
of the Galleria Mall. May also be at their other stores in Hyde
Park and Kingston. We'll make sure we have some info at the next
meeting about these shade-grown coffee suppliers.
Landing Area - On March
2nd, Governor Pataki announced plans to acquire Schunnemunk Mountain
in the Orange County towns of Cornwall, Woodbury and Blooming Grove.
The 2,458-acre property, to be known as Schunnemunk Mountain State
Park, will become New York's 163rd State Park.
With an elevation of nearly 1,700 feet and extending more than eight
miles, Schunnemunk Mountain forms the western boundary of the Hudson
Highlands and is the dominant landscape feature noticeable while
traveling on the NYS Thruway near Rockland County. The mountain
is covered by deciduous hardwoods, scrub & pitch pine, an understory
of blueberry and one of the most extensive stands of mountain laurel
in the area. This addition to the Hudson Highlands is another step
in ensuring a protected corridor for migrating & nesting Neo-tropicals,
as well as migrating raptors in the fall.
Endangered species reprieve? Rejecting
a prominent part of President Bush's environmental agenda, House
Republicans shot down a proposal restricting the ability of environmental
groups to get plants and animals added to the endangered species
list. Mary Beth Beetham, director of legislative affairs for Defenders
of Wildlife, said the Bush provision "would have gutted citizen
enforcement of the Endangered Species Act." And, in an additional
setback for the president, the lawmakers ignored Bush's request
for $2 million for preparatory studies for oil drilling in Alaska's
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - a sign that the proposal to drill
in the sanctuary is all but dead in Congress.
In New York state alone, 10 birds are listed as Endangered, 10
are Threatened, and 19 are of Special Concern. Those wishing to
learn more about New York's endangered species can visit the NYSDEC
website to read more in-depth.
Amending the "Constitution"! Constitution
Marsh Sanctuary in Garrison has unveiled an extensive new boardwalk,
a wooden and steel walkway approximately 1000 feet in length, meandering
through tall reeds and rushes and giving visitors an opportunity
to experience the vibrant, life-filled marsh firsthand. On May
18 the Audubon Society and state officials gathered for a dedication
and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the boardwalk. The structure was
built in memory of Jim Rod, who was the marsh's longtime steward
until his untimely passing in 1998.
State Parks Commissioner Bernadette Castro announced that Constitution Marsh
has been named the state's fifth Bird Conservation Area. The marsh is an
important waterfowl wintering and migration stopover site for birds such
as Bald Eagle and Peregrine Falcon. Breeding birds in the marsh include Least
Bittern, Virginia Rail, and Marsh Wren.
Helping hand for the geese
- Animal lovers and NYSDOT teamed up May
24th to help protect geese and their goslings from getting
killed by traffic on Route 299 in New Paltz. Members of the
New Paltz Student Coalition for Animal Rights convinced the
DOT that the extensive wetland areas striding the road presented
a hazard, both to the geese that have been attempting to
cross the highway and to motorists, with their sudden braking
to avoid hitting the hapless birds. The DOT has erected thin,
unobtrusive fencing that will stretch 2000 feet along the
road to act as an impediment to the wandering geese families.
If this proves successful, it will be used as a model to
address similar problems statewide.
More internet, less paper? With
all the talk of the "paperless office" and the ascendance
of the Internet one would think our use of paper products would
have declined -- right? Well, not exactly. With the millions of
computers in use the world's appetite has grown more ravenous than
ever; fax machines, printers, and copiers make it possible to churn
out page after page. Globally, paper use has increased more than
sixfold over the past five decades. One-fifth of all the wood in
the world ends up being manufactured into paper, a process fraught
with environmental costs be they deforestation, species loss, or
more pollution. The United States, with less than 5% of the planet's
population, uses 30% of its paper. Annual U.S. per capita consumption
is roughly equivalent to 670 copies of the daily New York Times.
In 1997 we went through a total of 89.9 million tons. It takes
up to 3 ½ tons of trees to make one ton of paper.
Not only do we consume the most paper, we also throw out the most
with more than half of it ending up in landfills. To cut waste,
the conservation group Forest
Ethics recommends consciously reducing the amount of paper
we use in our business and personal lives, and using "tree-free" paper
made from ecologically sustainable fibers such as kenaf and hemp,
as well as buying recycled paper with a high percentage of post-consumer
content (that which is derived from recycled materials).