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Response to GliderGuider (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 04:46 PM

3. Poetic, but not particularly factual.


I worked two summers for the Peregrine Fund, at 'hack sites,' which are where captive-bred peregrines are released into the wild. For ~9 weeks, we hack site attendants would monitor the young birds, feed them (without them seeing us: no human imprinting allowed!), and maintain a log of their progress toward becoming independent birds.

One summer, in the Shoshone National Forest, our site was close to a major road construction project (which included blasting), extensive cattle leases (with all the stream bank and water quality degradations that implies), and logging. I began the summer fully expecting that all this anthropogenic environmental disturbance would hinder the peregrines' success, but it didn't. They hardly ruffled their feathers at the blasts, and their cliff-side perches were high above the cattle and loggers.

I'm all for using narrative form to tug at both the hearts and minds of readers; any which way we raise environmental awareness is a good thing. But accuracy is important. The "stink of death" we carried to peregrines was (is?) DDT and other persistent organic pollutants; "petrol and limestone dust... scorched rubber and hot tarmac" are not particularly worrisome to falcons.


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phantom power Jun 2012 #1
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GliderGuider Jun 2012 #4
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