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Fri Sep 21, 2018, 01:08 AM

Trump administration poses new threat to birds in allowing 'incidental' killings

Source: Guardian


Conservationists launch legal attempt to stop interior department from reversing a 100-year-old law that protects migratory birds

Oliver Milman
@olliemilman
Fri 21 Sep 2018 01.00 EDT

The eagle may be America’s mascot, but being a bird today in the United States is tough. Billions die each year in the maws of domestic cats, or after crashing into power lines or skyscraper windows. But on a large scale, climate change is warping the environment of birds that migrate long distances, such as whooping cranes or Arctic terns. And bald eagles, the nation’s regal avatar, are being struck down by lead poisoning.

Bird conservationists are now alarmed by a fresh threat – the Trump administration. In a striking new stance on a longstanding law protecting migrating birds, the federal government will essentially allow the “incidental” killing of birds via buildings, energy production and other developments that act as avian death traps.

“Sadly, migratory birds have not faced this many dangers in any of our lifetimes,” said David O’Neill, chief conservation officer at the campaign and conservancy group Audubon. “The pressures of climate change coupled with the federal government pulling back on protections are threatening the songbirds, the seabirds and the raptors that Americans really cherish.”

Audubon, along with the attorneys general of eight states, recently launched a legal attempt to halt the Trump administration from reinterpreting the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, a 100-year-old law that safeguards about 1,000 migrating species, spanning everything from bluebirds and mockingbirds to ducks, owls and eagles. Nearly one in 10 of these species are federally listed as threatened.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/sep/21/trump-administration-poses-new-threat-to-birds-in-allowing-incidental-killings

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Judi Lynn Sep 21 OP
sakabatou Sep 21 #1
Midnight Writer Sep 21 #2
maddiemom Sep 21 #10
truthisfreedom Sep 21 #3
maddiemom Sep 21 #9
pazzyanne Sep 21 #4
NNadir Sep 21 #5
no_hypocrisy Sep 21 #6
bucolic_frolic Sep 21 #7
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Sep 21, 2018, 01:43 AM

1. And who could claim what's "incidental?"

Sounds like it's open season to any birds, endangered or not.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Sep 21, 2018, 01:58 AM

2. Trump condemns wind farms for killing birds, then removes protections for birds. OK...

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Response to Midnight Writer (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 21, 2018, 06:31 AM

10. You beat me to it!

My thoughts, exactly.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Sep 21, 2018, 01:58 AM

3. Tall glass buildings kill birds. Always. Forever. .

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Sep 21, 2018, 03:00 AM

4. This can't be!

tRump is so concerned about birds being killed by wind turbines. He took a very "strong" stance against wind energy because of the thousands of birds found under and around the wind turbines.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Sep 21, 2018, 03:50 AM

5. A victory for the wind/gas industry, to be sure. n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Sep 21, 2018, 05:19 AM

6. Didn't Trump attempt to use the future dead birds argument in opposing the wind farm

off his Scottish golf course, when in fact, he didn't want the structures to be visible from the greens?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Sep 21, 2018, 05:48 AM

7. Trump is just total destruction to the American Way of Life

More mosquitoes more disease

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Sep 21, 2018, 06:00 AM

8. FFS, all I hear from trumphumpers when someone talks about wind power is

"They kill birds!"

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