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Maybe just a bad Feederwatch year?

Eric Burke
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From: "Dean R. Rising" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, December 27, 2002 10:18 AM
Subject: Yard Feeding


> Today's Wall St. Journal 12-27 has a front page article by James P. Sterba
> suggesting that, "Feeding Wild Birds may harm them and Environment." When
> you look at the front page you will immediately notice that the bird
> depicted isn't from around here. It looks like a European Goldfinch with
> most of the gold on the wings missing. He is suggesting that yard feeding
> can encourage unwanted guests like bears, racoons etc., spread disease
like
> finch conjunctivitis, cause birds to hit windows, be killed by cats, and
> even become dependent upon humans. It also promotes via Niger purchaces
> repressive regimes like Burma. He quotes statistics gathered by Cornell
> Feederwatch. In my 12 years as a Feederwatcher I haven't seen Cornell
coming
> out against feeding.
> Dean
>
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