Birding might hold key to preserving wild places

  • Article by: MARY JANE SMETANKA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 10, 2012 - 3:17 PM

On Saturday, black, Hispanic and female birding enthusiasts will gather to share ideas and brainstorm about how to bring more minorities into birding.

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ruphinaOct. 10, 12 8:28 AM

Unfortunately, birders only require a few of a species to survive, limiting their incentive to create huge amounts of habitat. unters on the other hand, want lots of game to be able to hunt them. If you want to preserve a species or type of habitat, promote as a place to hunt whatever game species use the same habitat, and the hunters will try to preserve enough habitat to save the yellow breasted nearsighted tune challenged meadowlark or whatever obscure species is endangered, but if you close that habitat to hunting of the game species to "protect" the endangered one, then the incentive to conserve taht habitat by the bill-paying hunting community disappears. I would suggest an excise tax on all birding equipment, just like the ones on ammo, hunting gear, and all fishing products. Bill G.

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pdf123Oct. 10, 12 9:03 AM

Ruphina/Bill G - Hunting is a huge part of my life, and I strongly defend what hunters bring to the conservation table as unique, including the financial commitment you mention, but I don't understand the competitive mentality with birders. Plus, a lot of hunters are also birders. John Audobon was a bird hunter, for pete's sake ! People need to work in coalitions, even if we don't have the same motivating activity. Conservation needs all the allies it can get ! And, frankly, we definitely need to do something about the fact that the hunting community is SO white, something the article talks about with regards to birders. That doesn't bode well for our future as a raw demographic reality.

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