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Amy,

There's nothing inappropriate about your post. It may be about a fairly unknown birding location, but people post about what's going on in their back yards all the time. And I think most subscribers also appreciated that you included the "NO SIGHTING" tag in your subject line.

I'm very sorry to hear that the view from your office window is about to get considerably less interesting. Coincidentally, something similar just happened to me. My office has a large reflective picture window which birds used to fly into all too frequently. Several years ago, I planted crepe myrtles right outside of the windows, which grew tall enough to screen the windows and prevent bird strikes. The unexpected bonus was that from my desk I've been able to see into the interior of the shrubbery, and to see up close all sorts of small birds that take cover within. Once I even had a Sora land on my window sill, so close I could have touched it were it not for the glass. But Monday morning, I came in to find the shrubs cut back, down to the window sill. Now my view is of parking lots, dumpsters, and a loading dock. Plus, I wasn't there fifteen minutes before a robin smashed into the glass. Ah, progress.

Dave Scheu
MOBirds-L list co-owner
St. Louis, MO

From: Missouri Wild Bird Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Amy J. Hoffman
Sent: Tuesday, November 01, 2011 11:09 AM
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Subject: Re: No particular sighting: loss of habitat

Hi all,

The appropriateness of my previous post to the list serve has been challenged, and in response, I apologize. I do agree that it wasn't suited to our purposes. I appreciate what this list does, and I'm sorry to have detracted from that.

I do want to clarify, though, since I've opened the can of worms, that while I will miss my little wildlife viewing area when it is eventually developed, I really meant it to represent, as a microcosm, the broader concern that I have about the planet's ability to handle the growing burden of human life. I don't think I made it clear that I realize this one block isn't of any particular importance to the ecosystem. On a global scale, though, I am worried about the balance of industry and nature, and seeing that surveyor this morning just got my wheels turning.

Again, my apologies.

Amy J. Hoffman
Jefferson City
Cole County

Food helps those who help themselves.



MoBirders:

I have occasionally shared sightings from my office. Most of these have been in the block that I call our back yard - an undeveloped, oversized wooded lot. Since moving in to this building, I have seen approximately 50 species of birds in that lot, as well as deer, squirrels, raccoons and several types of frogs, lizards, crickets, spiders, butterflies, moths, dragon flies, and more. Just this morning, I've spotted cardinals, blue jays, flickers, juncos, yellow-rumped warblers, chickadees, starlings and robins. The reason for writing this post, however, is to share the bad news of my other sighting this morning: a surveyor. My back yard is up for sale, and the surveyor's presence is an omenous sign that this habitat will disappear soon.

My office is in a part of Jefferson City (on and around West Edgewood) that has been developing rapidly over the last 5-10 years. In fact, my employer built our building here just a few years ago, and we too destroyed a full block of woods in doing so. I had no part in that decision, however, and I actually liked our old building better. Right now, construction is under way on the new roads that will provide access to the future site of St. Mary's Hospital.

I understand the value of development and what it means for jobs, the economy, etc. Still, I struggle with understanding how we as a race should balance our societal needs (7 billion people in the world!!) with the needs of the Earth and all the valuable, beautiful life on it. I don't have the answer, and I don't think any of you do either, but at least we can stand in solidarity as lovers of the natural world, conscious of what soon may end.

Amy J. Hoffman
Jefferson City
Cole County

Food helps those who help themselves.

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