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Re: clean water act, Goldfinches, etc.
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- Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2001 16:23:09 -0500 (EST)
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Continuing the western invasion, a Western Tanager (maybe Bob Perkins'
Fayetteville bird?) turned up in Mathews County, VA on Monday. Wish Bob's
bird had stuck around another week or so, *I* haven't seen one in NC
yet... Also, a red-shafted Northern Flicker in Grady County, GA, at the
Birdsong Wildlife Center; and a Yellow-headed Blackbird in Seminole
Big dates coming up: ABA members, don't forget to submit reports of lists
and big days by January 31. And this year's Great Backyard Bird Count is
scheduled for February 16-19.
On Wed, 10 Jan 2001, modius wrote:
> today, 1/9/01 the u.s. supreme court ruled 5-4,
> that the army corps of engineers can't use the federal clean water act
> to forbid the building of a landfill in a migratory bird habitat.
> the court majority split along familiar ideological lines.
> it ruled that congress intended the clean water act
> to apply to large or navigable bodies of water...
> i was wondering what this ruling means to endangered piping plover,
It means pretty much nothing, at least directly. The supreme court was
ruling on a lawsuit under the Clean Water Act, while endangered and
threatened species are protected under the Endangered Species Act. Also,
virtually all Piping Plover habitat *is* on large, navigable bodies of
water due to their strong preference for white sand beaches, sandbars,
and mud flats with little or no vegetation, so the clean water act still
The bad news in this ruling is not so much for birds, but for species
restricted to "vernal pools" and other temporary wetland habitats. These
habitats are apparently now up for grabs. And, of course, since the
Supreme Court has suddenly taken the habit of making 5-4 politically
charged decisions on a regular basis, I really hope that there are no
lawsuits filed over the Endangered Species Act in the next, oh, 4 years
On Wed, 10 Jan 2001, Dr. S. J. Froning wrote:
> Any transplants from cooler climes who noticed that
> GF's ate more sunflower seeds in the coldest months?
Actually, contrary to Carolina trends, I can't say as the Goldfinches
back home in Massachusetts ever even touched our sunflower seed up there;
they were, if anything, *more* strictly thistle feeders than down here,
not less. Maybe because there was more competition up there for winter
seed supplies or something.
Joshua S. Rose
Department of Biology (Zoology, R.I.P.)