World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) was initiated in 2006 and is a annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the protection of migratory birds and their habitats. On the second weekend each May, people around the world take action and organise public events such as bird festivals, education programmes and birdwatching excursions to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day.
Each year features a theme, and the theme for 2010, designed to tie-in with this Year of Biodiversity , is “Save migratory birds in crisis – every species counts!.“ This annual event asks nothing more than for people all around the world to learn, to care, and to show it. This sort of event seems to be aimed at letting our world’s policymakers know what “the people” think. I’m for that! (one of my favorite expressions)
On this, we can be clear. In the United States, we have enacted the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Since it’s passing in 1918, enforcing the the Act has been a challenge all to itself. Even today, there are citizens who believe they must take legal action against our own governing bodies, to force them to adhere to the protections of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.1 Perhaps the simple – and probably fun - act of showing up at a World Migratory Bird Day event in your area will remind your government that their responsibility is to uphold the laws. You have a chance to make it clear what “the people” care about.
I’ll close by saying that I’m the kind of person who would normally try to organize just sort of an event, but lately I’m having to admit when my “plate” is full. So instead of doing what my nature prompts me to do, I will be looking for an event in my area to simply attend.
- See Scott Artis’ post at JournOwl.com, “Calling on Attorney General to Investigate Lack of Owl Conservation.” ↩
I had some time a couple of weeks ago to shoot some pictures of the activity in my back yard on a highly unusual snow day. I always put out a scoop of peanuts-in-the-shell each day, and I hang a thistle/nyjer feeder in the winter. Needless to say, my back yard was busy!
This photo is one side of my back yard – where my Bird Lounge is located, next to my pile of “cover” branches. I’ve labeled a few other items – I know it may be hard to read, but you get the idea. Now for the birds… Read the rest of this entry »
Yep, that’s right – squirrels ruined my truck. Granted, it was an old truck (1995 F150), but it was MY old truck, and I really liked it. I bought it several years ago so that I could use it for hauling rock, dirt, mulch, and building materials. The truck has helped me turn my suburban yard into a wildlife-friendly space. I used it to take the boat to the lake and make wonderful memories with family and friends. My S.O. and I have loaded our two beagles into the truck on many a summer night for a trip to Sonic for a diet cherry limeade and a bite to eat. Good times.
The New Year is fast approaching, and we all have ideas about what we want to change, start, or stop. New Year’s resolutions abound during this time of renewal and general cleaning of slates. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has sponsored an initiative called Countdown2010 – Save Biodiversity. The problem of dwindling biodiversity was identified years ago, and 2010 was set as the future date by which to attain the Target. And now…2010 is here!
I will be talking much more about this Initiative in the coming months of 2010. Countdown2010 has provided a list of Actions that individuals can take to contribute to this worldwide effort:
- Take public transportation, bike, walk, or carpool to work at least one day a week. Avoid air travel where possible.
- Buy food, preferably organic food—vegetables, fruits, dairy, eggs, and meat—from a farmer’s market at least one day a week.
- Eat sustainably harvested seafood and farmed fish that is herbivorous, like catfish, tilapia, and shellfish. Avoid farmed carnivorous fish like salmon and shrimp.
- Install at least one compact fluorescent light bulb in your home—it will save roughly 30 EUR in electricity and replacement bulb costs each year, and reduce carbon emissions by a ton every three years.
- Turn off lights in empty rooms.
- Lower the thermostat by at least 1 degree ° C in winter.
- Stop using herbicides and pesticides on your lawn.
- Only drink wines with natural cork stoppers.
- Tell everyone what you are doing to conserve biodiversity and ask them to join you. Support representatives who act for biodiversity.
- Above all, do not waste—reduce your consumption, buy only what you really need, and re-use and re-cycle whatever and whenever you can.
About a year ago, I was inspired by Julie at Coffee and Conservation, to keep track of the coffee I purchased for a year. I purchase only shade-grown (no slashing forests), organic (no synthetic pesticides), and fair-trade (honest wage for honest work)- certified coffee beans from the fantastic roaster, Grounds for Change. For 2009, this is what we purchased:
|Uganda Elgon AA||1||$12.00|
|Uganda Elgon AA||5||$42.00|
|New Guinea Yelia||5||$43.00|
|Ethiopia Natural Sidamo||5||$47.00|
|Starbucks Gazebo Blend||1||$14.00|
|Cost per pound of beans||$9.71|
I popped over to Julie’s post that has a nifty little worksheet that calculates our cost per 6 oz cup of coffee at $0.40/cup. Use filtered tap water, and you’ve got a great cup of coffee for a reasonable price, plus your purchase will help send a message that consumers demand coffee with a conscience!