Join the Bergen County Audubon Society this coming Sunday (Oct. 6) for a guided walk through DeKorte Park, the gem of the Meadowlands park system! The walk goes from 10 am to noon and meets outside the Meadowlands Environment Center in the park in Lyndhurst.
They’ll be on the lookout for waterfowl and raptors. For more information, contact Chris Takacs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-207-0426.
For everyone that
cares about the world we live in, especially for those of us who love birds we received
the saddest of news last week. 1in 4 birds, almost 3 billion of the most
diverse and beloved creatures on earth, are now gone.
From the 1970’s till
now many of our songbirds have become silent, others continue to decline in
numbers from our forests and fields, and now, even our backyard birds like
finches and sparrows have become far less common.
The plummeting numbers
of these birds has been slow and sinister like a disease that seems to come out
of nowhere and strikes without warning. But in fact that is not the way it
happened and we should not be surprised to finally come to grips that we
are losing many of our cherished birds. This time it is not an extinction
threat of a single species but rather a steep decline in numerous diverse species,
in many ways a more challenging task for the scientific community.
Anyone that has lived in
New Jersey for a time and especially here in the northern part of the state witnessed
the dramatic loss of our woods and meadows that we grew up enjoying. And since
our backyards are in reality a habitat we have sadly also lost birds due to
expanses of lawns which are a wasteland for birds, many of which are drenched
with pesticides and herbicides.
Add to that the stresses
of climate change, lights, glass buildings, feral cats, more pesticides and
insecticides and it might make the most passionate conservationists throw in
the towel. But fear not, all is not lost and this dire warning should mark a
new day for those in the conservation movement.
At times in history we
are at our best when all seems lost. When many people thought it was impossible
we brought back the Bald Eagle from the brink of extinction, the Peregrine
Falcon and Osprey were gone until good people in government and American citizens
stood up and did the right thing. Today we continue to help waterfowl in North
America increase their numbers by preserving wetlands around the country and
the eastern Bluebird has been saved by volunteers putting up nest boxes for
them and protecting their unique habitat.
What We Can Do:
On a National level we
all have to stand up together to protect the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the
endangered species act and the clean water act which today are on the
endangered list themselves. And now more than ever we need to seriously deal with
climate change, which not only threatens birds but in the end will take its
toll on humanity itself.
As individuals we
should feel empowered. We will all now play a very critical part in bringing
back our bird populations. We need to fight for open space in our State,
counties and local community. Keep our cats indoors, prevent window strikes at
home and at work, stay away from pesticides and most importantly, plant native
plants and create bird habitat in your own backyard, schoolyard, business and
everywhere we can.
Native plants are critical
life support for our bird populations and are the foundation of a true wildlife
habitat that will also save our butterflies and pollinators whose population
also continues to be devastated.
We can have an almost
instant positive effect on our environment by just adding natives to our homes.
Plant a native and you have made our local environment a much better place.
We have proven what we
can accomplish when all seems lost and good people join together to do what is
right. This will be our last chance for us to step up and do what is right
for generations to come. Let’s be sure those 3 billion birds have not been lost