Friday, January 30, 2009

Killing Woodpeckers in CA - An Update

Awhile back, I let you all know about the plan in Rossmore, California to kill several dozen Acorn Woodpeckers that were bothering residents there. You can read the first post here.

And now this:

Despite the efforts of MDAS, Audubon Ca, and many wildlife advocates Rossmoor has decided to go ahead with the killing of Acorn Woodpeckers. Here are some links to the most recent news:

Worth a Dam, MercuryNews, SF Gate, and Audubon Ca. has started a new petition; you can find it here.

There is a boat-load of information at this blog, including names, phone numbers, petitions, addresses and places to offer help for these birds. There is just no excuse for this!

Here is a really lovely video on the Hastings Reservation in Monterey, California where they do some really interesting work...including that with Acorn Woodpeckers.

Hastings Reservation is a 2,500 acre UC Biological Field Station in Monterey County. U.C. biologist Walter Koenig has monitored birds there for over 30 years and has a great section in this video on his work with Acorn Woodpeckers. It should give you a better understanding of the social structure of these remarkable birds...including why killing 50 is just NOT GOING TO WORK!

And if you can't get enough information about these neat little birds...I've started a series on Woodpeckers, the first of which was on Acorn Woodpeckers.

1 comment:

Debbie said...

You know, I can understand being upset about woodpeckers damaging your home, but killing them is NOT the right thing to do.