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Tue Aug 7, 2018, 07:17 PM

Alabama beach goers used the eggs of protected birds as sand decoration

Alabama Beachgoers May Have Killed Hundreds of Protected Birds, Experts Say

Beachgoers in Alabama who descended on the breeding ground of a threatened seabird species this summer scared adults away from their nests and used the eggs to decorate the sand, most likely killing hundreds of chicks, wildlife experts say.

The exact number of least tern birds that died in Mobile Bay is unknown, but it was “a tragic loss of a colony that size,” said Katie Barnes, a senior biologist at Birmingham Audubon who oversees the protection, monitoring and surveying of Alabama’s coastal bird species.

Least terns, which are protected by the federal government under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, often lay their eggs on wide-open beachfronts, digging shallow nests beneath the sandy surface. The diminutive birds — adults weigh just 1.5 ounces — are considered a threatened species for several reasons, including beach recreation, Ms. Barnes said.

“They’re very sacred to us because they are so sensitive,” she said.

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Beachgoers in Alabama who descended on the breeding ground of a threatened seabird species this summer scared adults away from their nests and used the eggs to decorate the sand, most likely killing hundreds of chicks, wildlife experts say.

The exact number of least tern birds that died in Mobile Bay is unknown, but it was “a tragic loss of a colony that size,” said Katie Barnes, a senior biologist at Birmingham Audubon who oversees the protection, monitoring and surveying of Alabama’s coastal bird species.

Least terns, which are protected by the federal government under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, often lay their eggs on wide-open beachfronts, digging shallow nests beneath the sandy surface. The diminutive birds — adults weigh just 1.5 ounces — are considered a threatened species for several reasons, including beach recreation, Ms. Barnes said.

“They’re very sacred to us because they are so sensitive,” she said.
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Reply Alabama beach goers used the eggs of protected birds as sand decoration (Original post)
Demovictory9 Aug 2018 OP
SunSeeker Aug 2018 #1
SharonClark Aug 2018 #2
dhol82 Aug 2018 #3
oasis Aug 2018 #8
dhol82 Aug 2018 #9
malaise Aug 2018 #4
FirstLight Aug 2018 #5
Solly Mack Aug 2018 #6
blur256 Aug 2018 #7
dhol82 Aug 2018 #10

Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Tue Aug 7, 2018, 07:36 PM

1. This is so fucked up. And so emblematic of Trump's America. nt

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Tue Aug 7, 2018, 07:44 PM

2. Horrible.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Tue Aug 7, 2018, 07:54 PM

3. Why were there no signs?

There is a protected nesting site near me that has lots of warning signs and ropes. You know if you are fucking with a protected species.
Was there nothing like this in Mobile Bay? Why the fuck not?
This is so majorly disturbing.

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Response to dhol82 (Reply #3)

Tue Aug 7, 2018, 08:29 PM

8. Alabama. Who in local government would suggest the use of taxpayer

dollars for environmental concerns? Just sayin'

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Response to oasis (Reply #8)

Tue Aug 7, 2018, 09:25 PM

9. Just stupid.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Tue Aug 7, 2018, 07:58 PM

4. Effin'

Morans

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Tue Aug 7, 2018, 08:06 PM

5. People.Don't.Care.

I see them at the beach here in Tahoe, letting their kids terrorize the ducklings and other baby birds...they throw rocks, chase them away from their mother, etc. and parents don't stop them either.

I usually get into a couple arguments at the beaches in the summer trying to school people and protect our wildlife...whether they are endangered or not, ALL animals deserve respect.

(And also, agreed with comment upthread about ropes and signage... But then again, most people really don't give a shit...)

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Tue Aug 7, 2018, 08:10 PM

6. Is there no way to charge these idiots?

Maybe can't get all of them but maybe enough of them.

Stupid ignorant fucks.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Tue Aug 7, 2018, 08:17 PM

7. How much do you want to bet

That these people are right to lifers?

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Response to blur256 (Reply #7)

Tue Aug 7, 2018, 09:26 PM

10. Would not be surprised.

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