National Audubon and the National Geographic Society are featuring the Year of the Bird in a Web event February 15 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM. More information at the link. Live Stream
We have had a great day in Ft. Pierce Inlet State Park. Lots of people stopped by the booth to learn about birds.
As posted by the Alt National Park Service:
“Climate change update: According to a new report from the National Centers for Environmental Information, a division of NOAA, “in 2017 the U.S. experienced 16 weather and climate disasters with losses exceeding $1 billion, with total costs of approximately $306 billion—a new U.S. annual record.” The federal agency listed several events, including the wildfires in the west, with total costs of $18 billion, tripling the previous U.S. annual wildfire cost record. Hurricane Harvey had total costs of $125 billion. Hurricanes Maria and Irma had total costs of $90 billion and $50 billion, respectively. 2005 was the previous most expensive year for the U.S., with losses of $215 billion mostly due to Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma, and Rita. The report noted that 2017 was the third warmest year since record-keeping began in 1895. The average annual temperature for the contiguous U.S. last year was 54.6 degrees Fahrenheit, 2.6 degrees above the 20th-century average.” Full report can be found at the link: Climate Change Update
If you value your national parks and national monuments, you will contact your representatives in the House and tell them to vote NO on this bill!!
The GOP has created a new bill House Resolution 3990. This bill is called “National Monument Creation and Protection Act.” The name is completely misleading and deceptive it should be called, “No More Parks Act.” The bill was created by Rep. Rob Bishop the same person who dismantled Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante. This bill is being co-sponsored by eight other Republican representatives (Congressman Doug Lamborn, Tom McClintock, Rep. Paul Gosar, Rep. Doug LaMalfa, Bruce Westerman, Don Young, Congressman Chris Stewart, and Rep. John Curtis). The bill would prohibit the president from creating new national monuments larger than 85,000 acres and add a requirement that all state and county officials approve their creation. Without their approval, new monuments would be limited to a tiny fraction of that size – 640 Acres if within 50 miles of another monument, and 5000 if not. Please speak up and call your representatives at (202) 224-3121.
Many people within the GOP consider protecting lands as national monuments a federal land grab. If this same logic was followed all current national monuments and national parks would be considered a federal land grab. The Antiquities Act of 1906 was created to establish that archeological sites on public lands are important public resources. It obligates federal agencies that manage the public lands to preserve for present and future generations the historic, scientific, commemorative, and cultural values of the archaeological and historic sites and structures on these lands. This legislation attempts to dismantle the Antiquities Act of 1906.
These tips apply to any use of fireworks, not just July 4th. Remember, our local birds have already started to nest! Keep New Year’s celebrations “wildlife safe.”