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3,300 acres have been leased to gas companies. But other landowners are worried about pollution or waiting for better offers.
Less food for hawks, owls, white-tailed kites, falcons and even golden eagles is theorized to be connected to years of too-dry weather. One apparent consequence: a ‘breeding crash’ beyond any in local experts’ memory.
Every day we hear about different animals that our now sharing our space because they are hungry or have lost their way. This of course, is mostly our fault because we continue to take away their open space by building more and more commercial buildings, residential complexes and single or multi family homes. Where are these poor animals supposed to go if we keep taking away their space. How are we supposed to breath if we don’t have enough open space or greenery to help keep the air cleaner?
When your food supply diminishes what would you do? Most animals will keep moving until they can find both food and shelter. These days that often means they will end up in a backyard that is lined with lots of grass and is bordered by trees, which means they may end up at your front or back door. Be careful, when you are ready to leave for the day, you may have an unexpected visitor looking to share your food. Just yesterday Lake Mary, Fla. Resident Terri Frana was brutally attacked by a bear when going into her garage. Read her story here: Wildlife agency kills several bears after Florida woman mauled outside home.
Birds are having trouble finding places to nest, so much so, they will settle for utility lines to the point they are causing some problems. NStar is Looking To Lure Ospreys From Cape Utility Poles.
It should be our goal to make sure that there is adequate space for all of us to live so that we are not compromising the homes of our animals and that they won’t be compromising our homes.
I’ve driven through Brookline, Allston, Brighton, and Boston, I see so many vacant buildings some of which have been empty for years and some for decades. Still yet, I also see dozens of new buildings erupting in spaces that were thought to be a part of the Emerald Necklace. Other locations are spots that never had a building, but hold no known significance, then there are locations where at least two buildings and sometimes more have been demolished so that a new structure could be built. We hope that the jobs that are created by building these commercial spaces and homes will feed and house families that are in need. But there is always a sacrifice for everything we gain. Now we have all sorts of animals everywhere looking for a new home and food to eat. Do you want to be there when they are mad that they don’t find food? I know I don’t!
This is not just a problem on land, it’s also a problem on our beaches and in our oceans. Many Whales continue to be found all over. On Wednesday 9 Killer Whales died as they were found washed up on the South Island, on the Coast of New Zealand. Read the Story here: Nine Killer Whales Die In Rare Mass Beaching in New Zealand. There is also a group of 100 right whales feeding off the coast on cape cod. There is a large concern for their safety of course with all the ships etc. that frequent the area. It’s getting harder and harder to preserve the lives of endangered species as well as all human life forms. This is the problem you face when there is more concern for the monetary value or outcome that all projects will bring in the end, without considering how much more will be lost once all is said and done. Once we lose it, there may not be a way to get it back, especially if we are talking about endangered species. Is the price we pay in the end truly worth the reward? Somehow, I don’t really think so. Just some food for thought about how we are now sharing our space with random animals.
© Copyright 2014 Felina Silver Robinson
Utilities hope to keep birds from nesting on poles
Utility officials are on the lookout for returning ospreys that nest in the cross arms of utility poles on Cape Cod.
Ospreys, also called sea hawks, return each spring from their southern winter homes. NStar says it’s watching for potential problems.
The Cape Cod Times reports that local residents with a passion for the birds are watching the utility.
Kevin McCune, NStar’s supervisor for licensing and permitting, says birds can sometimes be killed by electricity or fire.
NStar works with the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife on its osprey program.
Possible solutions include removing a nest and hoping the birds choose a more natural roost and installing a device to prevent them from nesting.
Another solution is to put up a nearby platform to encourage the birds to move.
Bears spotted at bird feeders across New Hampshire
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says it’s time to put the bird feeders away to avoid bears hunting for food.
Some homeowners have already reported seeing bears at bird feeders in different areas of the state.
The department recommends taking down bird feeders from April 1 to Dec. 1.
The department says it received 527 complaints about bears last year, below the long-term average of 695. But there were more than 1,000 complaints in 2012, and nearly 10 percent involved bird feeders. Another 40 percent of the complaints were the direct result of bears raiding unsecured garbage at homes and businesses.
“Bears went to den in good shape due to generally abundant foods,” such as beechnuts, apples, mountain ash berries, and choke cherries, said Andrew Timmins, bear biologist. “However, it has been a long denning season and bears have depleted considerable body fat.
“When bears emerge, they will be hungry and food will be limited until spring green-up occurs,” Timmons said. “We are hoping homeowners will be vigilant and remove/secure attractants so as not to entice bears and create nuisance behavior.”
Birds drawn to frozen lake’s Vermont-New York ferry channels
CHARLOTTE, Vt. — Water birds that normally spread out across Lake Champlain are seeking refuge in the channels left by two ferry routes that carry passengers between Vermont and New York during this bitterly cold winter.
Bird watchers have been drawn to the Essex, N.Y., landing of the ferry from Charlotte in hopes of catching a glimpse of some rare birds that are usually scattered across the length of the 120-mile lake. During a winter of below-zero temperatures, the birds have been forced to forage the open water of the channels for food.
Birders hope to spot species like the single tufted duck, which is ubiquitous in Europe and Asia but exceedingly rare in the eastern U.S. It’s spending the winter in the lake along with mallards, black ducks and common goldeneyes.