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Help Stop The Sandhill Crane Hunting Proposal, and Save Some Whooping Cranes Along With Them

Urged on by “sportsmen,” the states of Wisconsin, Tennessee and Kentucky are considering open hunting seasons on Eastern Sandhill Cranes.

Now Sandhills aren’t especially good to eat, they’re not very interesting targets (they’re too big to miss unless you’re completely incompetent with a shotgun) and there are only 60,000 of them, up from only a few dozen breeding pairs in the 1930’s, at which time there was at least an excuse for hunting them  — to feed depression-era families.

Photo: Jim Rickards

So, no good reason to hunt Sandhills.  And of course we all know that there are only about 400 Whooping Cranes left alive in the world, and no good sportsman would ever shoot one of them, would he?  Except four were killed last year by hunters: 1% of the world population gone, three of them at the same time.

The trouble is, it’s pretty hard for an expert birder like my friend Julie Zickefoose to tell the difference between a Sandhill and a whooper under less than optimum conditions, and she doesn’t sit in blinds at dawn or dusk, pumped up with adrenaline and dying to kill something.  And guess what?  Sandhill and Whooping Cranes flock together and migrate in the same flocks.  So…  How many of those Whooping Cranes — the most endangered birds in North America — are likely to get killed by hunters shooting in the less-than-perfect conditions in which birds are hunted?

You betcha!

Read Julie’s article in 10,000 Birds, then sign the petition to ban hunting cranes nationwide.  You can find the link in Julie’s post.  This plan is senseless, unnecessary, and gratuitous.

Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge Planned

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, January 7, 2011 (ENS) – The federal government

Wet prairie in the Kissimmee River Valley(Photo by Trish Hartmann)

is looking for landowners in the Everglades headwaters area willing to sell land to the federal government for conservation easements that will protect an area of streams, lakes, wilderness and ranch lands north of Lake Okeechobee.Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with private landowners, conservation groups and federal, tribal, state and local agencies to create a new national wildlife refuge and conservation area that will "preserve the community's ranching heritage and conserve the headwaters and fish and wildlife of the Everglades."

Under the $700 million proposal, the government would purchase about 50,000 acres for a new national wildlife refuge and protect another 100,000 acres through agreements with landowners.

"The partnerships being formed would protect and improve water quality north of Lake Okeechobee, restore wetlands, and connect existing conservation lands and important wildlife corridors to support the greater Everglades restoration effort," Salazar said.

MORE:  Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge Planned.

Knee- jerk “conservation” efforts are not without cost

As hunters retire, license sales drop, hurting conservation http://usat.me/41817334