Thanks for your thoughtful comments.  I am glad to hear of the work being
done to bring back Bachman's Sparrow  and to expand the range of Swainson's
Warbler in your area.   I am currently very much involved with giant cane
restoration at Drury-Mincy CA, and know that that particular Conservation
Area and IBA has done much to lure back the species.

I wasn't thinking when I failed to realize that the presence of the elk may
very well be one of the missing elements in an ecosystem that supports
Bachman's Sparrow's preferred savannah habitat.

If I know that resources are being used to restore endangered and recently
extirpated species of birds in Missouri and that the presence of elk may
even facilitate this effort, I can easily support the reintroduction of
elk.  I certainly support the presence of wolves in Yellowstone and
surrounding areas, and have personally witnessed a pack feeding on a young
bull mouse they killed in the Lamar Valley a couple years ago.

Thanks for increasing my awareness,
Greg Swick
Ozark, Missouri

On Mon, Aug 9, 2010 at 1:21 PM, Mike Doyen <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I live in the Ozarks and I see first hand the work being done to build
> habitat for both the Bachman Sparrow and Swainson's Warbler, and from what I
> see the Swainson's Warbler restoration programs by both MDC and National
> Forest is going very well. Building large Pine Savanna for the Bachmans will
> take more time and money but it is under way and I do not doubt that in the
> long term it will successful.
> The Elk Restoration into Pecks Ranch and LAD properties will have a
> positive impact on opening up much needed glades and Savannah habit which
> are critical for the return of the Bachman Sparrow.
> Black Bear is already back in this area and the Elk also is native to the
> Ozarks, this will be a good thing. It is like the reintroduction of the Wolf
> into Yellowstone, very controversial but as we are all seeing it has helped
> bring the Yellowstone back into balance.
> I bird this area often and am very familiar with both Pech Ranch CA and LAD
> properties and I for one support the reintroduction of the Elk and have sent
> in my comments saying so. Thanks for the heads up Phil
> Mike Doyen
> Rolla, MO
> Bird by bird I've come to know the earth.
> Pablo Neruda.
> --- On Mon, 8/9/10, Greg Swick <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> From: Greg Swick <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Elk restoration--public comment period
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Date: Monday, August 9, 2010, 12:51 PM
> Hi all,
> Thanks Phil,
> My initial reaction is why doesn't MDC consider a grand restoration effort
> for Bachman's Sparrow and/or Swainson's Warbler, instead of focusing on a
> large mammal that will inevitably cause injury and even possibly death on
> Missouri's road ways?
> I like elk as well as anyone, but I question whether these large mammals
> should be reintroduced into a relatively small geographic area.  We all know
> that MDC's effort in restoring giant Canada Geese and River Otters have been
> successful to a fault....  What if elk populations do half as well.  What
> can we expect?   And, being a bird advocate, a few hundred more Bachman's
> Sparrows in the state would be nice.
> $.02 worth....
> Good birding,
> Greg Swick
> Ozark, MO
> On Mon, Aug 9, 2010 at 11:53 AM, Philip Wire <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> MOBirders--
> The Missouri Department of Conservation is currently considering
> reintroducing a small population of elk into the eastern Ozarks in Shannon,
> Carter, and Reynolds counties. There is a public comment period that ends
> October 1st. Extensive woodland/savanna/glade restoration work has been done
> in this area (benefitting many declining songbirds) and large grazers like
> elk usually help that process along. Their presence would probably also
> serve as an incentive to keep such efforts going. Here is a link to the page
> with information as well as a place for the public to send in comments...
> Just my opinion... I did some surveys at Peck Ranch Conservation Area (in
> the heart of the proposed range) over several days in the summer of 2007 as
> part of a seasonal job and it was clear the MDC was taking restoration
> seriously. They were doing lots to open up former glades and woodlands.
> Given the role elk played in Missouri's landscape I think it would be a
> definite step in the right direction. There was a less detailed elk
> restoration plan that was shelved in the early 2000's due to concerns over
> chronic wasting disease and damage to private property, but it seems this
> plan addresses those issues pretty thoroughly. Check it out and comment one
> way or the other if so inclined.
> Phil Wire
> Bowling Green, Pike Co.
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