For the Birds by Christine Southwick
for the Shoreline Area News
For many years, PSBO board member Christine Southwick has been writing For the Birds – a conservation column for the Shoreline Area News. The following is an excerpt from her August 7, 2011 column on habitat loss, which was picked up by the Seattle Times.
HABITAT LOSS: A PREVENTABLE DISASTER by Christine Southwick
Your gas tank is almost empty. The last place you stopped, the pumps were dry. You know another place – it is miles away, but you should be able to just make it. When you get there, the filling station is gone, replaced by a parking lot. Now what? If you were a bird with this scenario, you would probably fall to the ground, too exhausted and too hungry to travel on. If you were lucky you might find enough water, food, and shelter to recover and travel to your breeding or wintering grounds. If not, you, and possibly your whole flock, would die, never to fly again…read more