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Edge's contributions to the birding community can't be overstated. If you
put her car's emissions in context
with global emissions of even one coal-burning plant - they're certainly
insignificant. I appreciate the green
birding suggestions as a way those of us who can't be state birding
superstars like Edge - as well as the young and
otherwise deployed - can become involved - and excited about - birding.

Collectively, the legislative implications of a strong energy bill to global
warming can't be overemphasized. This isn't a partisan issue.
Both senators in Missouri originally balked at a fuel economy and renewable
energy standard. It took many
meetings with legislative staff, letters to editors and media work to get
support for the fuel economy standard, which was included in the current
version. Together
these two provisions could cut emissions 15 -20% by 2020, necessary to
address global warming. Thanks to all Audubon chapter leaders and birding
community members who worked hard on this issue during the last legislative
session. It will take persistence by a dedicated team. With the publication
of Audubon's WatchList, we know which wild bird species are imperiled and
threatened by habitat loss and the changes associated with global warming.

We are hosting a free global warming action workshop at the Anita Gorman
Conservation (MDC) Discovery Center in Kansas City February 9th from
9 - 3pm. Please reply to me for more information and to register.

A mockingbird, the usual flurry of goldfinches at the feeder, and a
White-breasted Nuthatch outside my window today. The last of the persimmons
drops - what
a great backyard tree for brown creepers!

Jill

Jill DeWitt
Missouri Global Warming Coordinator
National Audubon Society
www.audubon.org
(816) 333-3293
(cell) 816) 896-9104





On Jan 9, 2008 7:47 AM, Edge Wade <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I may fall into that category of "passionate" birder.  I know I am
> compulsive and probably have AADD.  I
> drive an SUV and I travel to see birds (4-year old vehicle with more than
> 100,000 miles on the
> odometer).  Thus, I feel qualified to speak for this nefarious segment of
> the birding community.
>
> Yup, I burn gas.  Sometimes I drive alone; sometimes I have a full
> vehicle.  Yesterday, in south Texas I
> drove a 95-mile round trip.  There were 5 people in the car.
>
> I do not smoke so I don't pollute the atmosphere in that way, nor add to
> global warming by heating the
> air one cigarette at a time.
>
> I do not drink alcohol, so I do not contribute to the misuse of food
> agricultural land by consuming
> drinks that use hops or grapes grown on our soil.
>
> I do not buy multiple pairs of shoes, don't discard and replace clothing
> at every whimsical change of
> "fashion."  I recycle and have always been a proponent of zero population
> growth.
>
> It is really unfortunate that our misguided legislature and boy-governor
> have made it mandatory to use
> only ethanol gasoline--a truly energy inefficient concoction that takes
> lots of land out of production for
> food.  This is now an additional reason to bird beyond my beloved home
> state.
>
> I am aging.  Many of my friends are unable to walk very far and bicycling
> is out of the question.  It gives
> me great pleasure to accompany them on birding trips.  We share good bird
> sightings and share the
> many joys of long-standing comraderie enhanced by the euphoria of gorgeous
> winged creatures.
>
> If this all sounds self-righteous, that's because it was intended as such.
>  As Bobbie Burns said, " Ah, to
> see ourselves as others see us."
>
> It is great to encourage permutations of birding activity; but let us not
> impugne others for not birding
> the same way.
>
> Go bird.  Walk, bike, drive.  Just don't promote provincialism under the
> guise of environmental
> stewardship.
>
> Bodacious birding to y'all.
>
> Edge Wade
> Brownsville, TX
> edgew@mchsi
>
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