Ivory-billed Woodpecker not extinct AND, Sacrificial Orchids

Robin Leech releech at TELUSPLANET.NET
Fri Apr 29 08:37:14 CDT 2005


Now THOSE are what I call sacrificial orchids: a few die that
many may live.  I sure hope we don't have to protect all our
sensitive plants and animals this way.
Robin Leech

----- Original Message -----
From: "Kate McCain" <kate.mccain at CIS.DREXEL.EDU>
To: <TAXACOM at LISTSERV.NHM.KU.EDU>
Sent: Friday, April 29, 2005 7:39 AM
Subject: Subject: Ivory-billed Woodpecker not extinct


> I've seen the same thing happen with people chasing rare orchids,
> ostensibly to photograph them. In the Pine Barrens in NJ, there is a great
> little bog called Web's Bog, as I recall. Small boardwalk and nice
> orchids. It's sometimes referred to as the "sacrificial" bog, the idea
> being that if orchid photographers go here, trompling away as they leave
> the boardwalk, the rarer orchids in the Barrens might be protected.
>
> It would be hard to trample the area where the Ivory Bill was sighted, if
> the video was any guide. More likely to be waist deep in the big
> Muddy.....
>
> Kate McCain
> ----- Message from Robin Leech <releech at TELUSPLANET.NET> on Thu, 28 Apr
> 2005 07:48:34 -0600 -----
> Subject:
> Re: Ivory-billed Woodpecker not extinct
> Thanks for that note, Ken.
>
> Now, if they will just keep the hordes of birders on a leash and OUT of
> the
> area, things will be OK.
>
> It has been my experience that everyone and his brother will try to tromp
> into
> the area to have a peek at these birds.
>
> I have seen areas in Ontario that have been declared natural areas totally
> destroyed by birders and others who, pardon the pun, flocked into and
> walked everywhere in an effort to confirm that yes, IT WAS a natural area.
>




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