[audubon-news] Audubon Newswire: Tuesday, July 20, 2004

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Audubon Newswire
Volume 2, Number 14
Tuesday, July 20, 2004

In this issue:
-- Audubon Blasts Bush Administration Move to Eliminate Roadless Conservation 
Rule
-- Audubon Urges Lawmakers to Make Restoration Priority in Mississippi 
Improvement
-- House Announces Introduction of New Bill to Protect the Long Island Sound
-- Roseate Terns Nesting on Maine Island for First Time in Nearly a Century
-- Wisconsin's Noel Cutright Spends Entire Month of June Birding
-- Audubon Advocates Charge the Hill
-- St. Petersburg Chapter Volunteers Help Protect Roof-dwelling Tern Chicks
-- Audubon New York Releases Position on Wind Power Development
-- Once-in-a-Lifetime Journey to North Pole Offered
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Audubon Blasts Bush Administration's Move to Eliminate Roadless Area 
Conservation Rule:  Calls on Americans to Voice Their Concern

Washington, DC, Tuesday, July 20, 2004 - In a move condemned by 
conservationists, sportsmen's associations, and outdoor recreation groups, the 
Bush Administration took steps earlier this week to eliminate the Clinton-era 
Roadless Area Conservation Rule that limits logging and development in 58.5 
million acres of national forest.

"The implementation of the Roadless Rule had more Americans commenting on it 
and supporting it than any other federal rule in U.S. history.  Yet, the 
administration has sent a clear message to the American people; 'Your voice 
does not matter where a healthy environment is concerned,'" said Bob 
Perciasepe, Audubon's chief operating officer.  "We ask Americans who care 
about the fate of our nation's forests to once again let the government know 
how you feel during this public comment period."

"I urge Audubon members and our friends to fight this 'shoot-all-the-buffalo' 
mentality," Perciasepe concluded.  "We must not allow this opportunistic 
weakening of our nation's environmental laws, but should work together to 
protect our wild places for birds, wildlife, and all Americans."

Concerned citizens should send written comments to: Content Analysis Team, 
Attn: Roadless State Petitions, USDA Forest Service, P.O. Box 221090, Salt Lake 
City, UT 84122; by facsimile to (801) 517-1014; or by e-mail at 
statepetitionroadless@xxxxxxxxx <mailto:statepetitionroadless@xxxxxxxxx>.  For 
more information, please visit 
<http://www.audubon.org/news/press_releases/Roadless_Proposal.html> .
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Audubon Calls on Lawmakers to Make Restoration a Priority in Any Mississippi 
River Improvement Bill

Washington, DC, Tuesday, July 20, 2004 - In comments submitted today to the 
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Audubon and its one million supporters, and the 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) are urging lawmakers to support the 
initiative to include a strong science-based, ecosystem restoration plan in any 
Mississippi River Improvement Bill.  Audubon activists and supporters are 
calling for a full 50-year, $8.4 billion restoration program to protect and 
restore as much as one million acres of internationally-significant wildlife 
habitat that is also home to thousands of people.

"Since 1998, we have traveled all 1,366 miles of the Upper Mississippi River 
from the headwaters in northern Minnesota to the confluence with the Ohio River 
at Cairo, Illinois. We will be on the River for years to come so we have a very 
real interest in this resource as both an environmental and economic asset," 
said Dan McGuiness, Director of Audubon's Upper Mississippi River Campaign. "We 
can and must improve the ecological health of the River, in conjunction with 
improving and maintaining navigation to ensure that the Upper Mississippi 
Region flourishes." McGuiness addressed the Mississippi River Caucus in 
Washington, DC last week. 

Visit <http://www.audubon.org/news/press_releases/MRI_Bill.html> for more 
information.
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House Announces New Bill to Protect the Long Island Sound: The Long Island 
Sound Stewardship Act of 2004 

Washington, DC, Tuesday, July 20, 2004 - Today, the National Audubon Society 
applauds the bi-state, bi-cameral and bi-partisan efforts of the New York and 
Connecticut Congressional members for taking the next steps to protect the Long 
Island Sound, a nationally significant estuary.  The Long Island Sound 
Stewardship Act of 2004 establishes a stewardship initiative, which will 
identify, protect, and enhance significant open space, and recreational and 
ecological sites along the Sound.  

The bill authorizes $40 million annually on a 75% - 25% federal to local share 
for the acquisition of land and conservation easements, and the improvement of 
exemplary natural areas.  The bill also establishes public access to the Sound 
as a major goal.  

"The Long Island Sound Stewardship Act recognizes that 10% of the United States 
population lives within 50 miles of the Sound and that it contributes more than 
$5 billion annually to the regional economy," said, Bob Perciasepe, Audubon's 
Chief Operating Officer.  "The Sound was one of the first estuaries recognized 
under the National Estuary program in 1985, and is not only a critical 
ecosystem for marine life throughout the east coast, but provides essential 
migratory and breeding bird habitats, and is home to 125 species of birds, 
including the endangered piping plover."  

Visit <http://www.audubon.org/news/press_releases/index.html> for more 
information.
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Roseate Terns Nesting on Maine's Outer Green Island for First Time in Nearly a 
Century

Outer Green Island, ME, Tuesday, July 20, 2004 - For the first time in more 
than 90 years, endangered Roseate Terns are nesting here on Outer Green Island 
in outer Casco Bay, it was announced by the National Audubon Society.

Project Director Steven Kress reports an encouraging 11 nesting pairs of 
Roseate Terns this year, as well as 695 nesting pairs of Common Terns.  He 
credits the island's growing population of Common Terns as a likely factor in 
attracting their rarer cousins.  "I wouldn't be surprised if there's more 
before the summer's up," says Kress.  "This summer's breeding success has 
already gone well beyond our expectations."

Visit <http://www.audubon.org/bird/puffin/island_news.html> to learn more about 
the Seabird Restoration Program and Roseate Terns.  To view terns, puffins and 
other Maine seabirds on Audubon's live streaming seabird cam, visit 
www.projectpuffin.org <http://www.projectpuffin.org> .
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Wisconsin Man Spends Entire Month of June Birding

West Bend, WI, Thursday, July 15, 2004 -- This June, Wisconsin birder Noel 
Cutright boldly went where no birder has gone before. Cutright spent the entire 
30 days of June birding, attempting to conduct 30 North American Breeding Bird 
Surveys (BBS) in celebration of his more than 30 years of participating in the 
BBS - with a goal of personally raising $30,000 to help bird conservation. 
Cutright succeeded in this endeavor, christened the "Quad 30 Campaign," raising 
more than $36,000 to-date. 

The Important Bird Areas Program is directed in the U. S. by the National 
Audubon Society and is coordinated internationally in more than 120 countries 
by BirdLife International. There are more than 1,600 IBAs identified throughout 
the U.S.  To read about Cutright's unique experience please visit 
<http://www.audubon.org/news/press_releases/Noel_Cutright.html> 
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Audubon Advocates Charge The Hill

Washington, D.C., Tuesday, July 13, 2004 - Thirty Audubon advocates from across 
the country met with nearly 70 Senators, Representatives, and staff today to 
discuss why bird conservation programs are vital for biodiversity and our 
economy.  Audubon activists in conjunction with Public Policy staff, advised 
lawmakers on how they can help restore and protect our nation's great natural 
heritage, and highlighted the connection between global population growth and 
environmental impact.

Participants included representatives from Audubon Maryland/DC, Audubon New 
York, Audubon Oregon, Audubon South Carolina, Tucson Audubon Society of 
Arizona, Golden Eagle Audubon Society of Idaho, Big Bluestem and Upper Iowa 
Audubon Societies of Iowa, Jayhawk and Northern Flint Hills Audubon Societies 
of Kansas, Baton Rouge Audubon Society of Louisiana, Chesapeake Audubon Society 
of Maryland, New York City Audubon Society, Theodore Roosevelt Audubon Center 
in New York, Firelands Audubon Society of Ohio, Bucks County Audubon Society of 
Pennsylvania, Dallas and Houston Audubon Societies of Texas, and California and 
Florida.

For more information on future efforts to personally meet with and inform 
lawmakers on issues impacting birds and habitat, please contact Audubon's 
Grassroots Department at audubonaction@xxxxxxxxxxx 
<mailto:audubonaction@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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Resourceful St. Petersburg Audubon Chapter Volunteers Protect Roof-dwelling 
Tern Chicks

Clearwater, FL, Monday, July 19, 2004 - Driven from their preferred nesting 
grounds on the beach by development and other factors, Least Terns in Florida 
have made their homes on at least 27 gravel roofs in Pinellas, Florida this 
year.  While these lofty breeding grounds offer refuge from many earthbound 
dangers, they also pose a new risk - falling.  Many young chicks, after 
tumbling off the roofs, find themselves stuck on the ground below, unable to 
return to their nest.  If they happen to have fallen into a driveway or parking 
lot, they also risk being run over by vehicles.

Fortunately for the fifty or so pairs of Least Terns nesting at Autoway Pontiac 
GMC in Clearwater, volunteers from St. Petersburg Audubon Society have 
engineered a rescue solution.  Called the "chick-a-boom", the ingenious device 
consists of a cardboard orange juice carton cut to provide a flap, duct tape, a 
paint stirring stick, and a long piece of metal pipe.  The dealership's 
employees are put into service, catching the chicks and placing them in the 
orange juice carton.  The flap comes down, the chicks are lifted to the roof, 
and they are tipped out of the carton, safely home.  This is clearly one time 
when business is for the birds!

Read more about the terns and their rescuers at 
<http://www.stpetetimes.com/2004/07/05/Northpinellas/Dealership_employees_.shtml>
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Fort Worth Audubon Chapter Pioneers Celebrate Nature Center's Four Decades

Fort Worth, TX, Sunday, July 18, 2004 - The Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge 
is having its 40th Anniversary as one of the City Parks Department's most 
celebrated attractions.  However, Forth Worth Audubon Chapter volunteer 
Margaret Parker says it wasn't so long ago that this wasn't the case.  She 
recalls when she and a few other women had to twist political arms to save this 
spot, creating a refuge within the city.

The 94-year-old Parker and other members of the Fort Worth Audubon Society 
birded here in undeveloped parkland for decades, but in 1963, the City 
announced plans to cut trees - and bird habitat.  That brought an onslaught by 
a group of women that did not fit the sterotypical '60's environmentalist mode, 
and local politicians were taken off guard.

"We just wanted an area where they wouldn't be cutting trees and would be 
leaving it in its natural state," she said. "It's turned out to be more than I 
ever expected. It has wonderful programs."  Go to 
<http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/9186267.htm> for the full story.
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Audubon New York Releases Position on Wind Power Development

Albany, NY, Friday, July 16, 2004 - Audubon New York this month came out in 
support of the development of renewable sources of energy, including wind 
power.  

"Wind power is a clean, renewable source of energy with few negative 
environmental impacts.  However, wind power facilities have the potential to 
negatively affect birds and other wildlife through direct mortality from 
collisions and through habitat degradation from turbine construction and 
maintenance," said Audubon New York.  "We support efforts to minimize potential 
negative impacts of wind power through proper site assessments, avoiding the 
placement of wind energy developments in high risk areas, and through thorough 
evaluation of avian mortality at existing and new wind turbine facilities."

"Audubon New York calls for comprehensive avian surveys at proposed wind 
turbine sites prior to site development.  Assessing avian use of a site prior 
to wind turbine development is a crucial first step in preventing wind farm 
placement in high-risk areas."

Visit <http://ny.audubon.org/wind_power.htm> to view Audubon New York's full 
wind power policy.
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Onc-in-a-Lifetime Journey to North Pole Offered

Anchorage, AK, Friday,July 16, 2004 - Audubon has planned a 19-day excursion 
(August 17 - Sept. 4) to one of the most unexplored regions on earth, the North 
Pole.  Participants will fly from Anchorage, Alaska to Pevek, Siberia, where 
they will board the 100-passenger icebreaker Yamal.  Audubon's voyagers will 
plow through ice floes nearly 15 ft. think as they make their way to the North 
Pole through the East Siberian Sea, and then continue South across the Arctic 
Ocean near Russia' s North Coast - stopping at various places along the way. 

Travelers are advised to have their cameras ready as Arctic birds, polar bears, 
walrus, and marine mammals may be spotted at any time as the Yamal makes it's 
way to it's final destination in Murmansk, Russia.  Points of interest include 
the trip to the geographic North Pole, as well as Russia's Taymyr Peninsula and 
Franz Josef Land.

Audubon wildlife biologist Roger Harris will lead "Bridge to the North Pole".  
Visit <http://www.audubon.org/market/no/trips/northpole/index.html> for more 
information on information on this rare opportunity, or contact Beth Ryan at 
800 967-7425.

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