[texbirds] Re: Golden cheeked warbler (Good news)

  • From: Toby Hibbitts <thibbitts39@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "brushfreeman@xxxxxxxxx" <brushfreeman@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2012 21:57:58 -0500

Funding source shouldn't matter or else the researchers should be kicked out of 
the university for fudging results. Truth is numbers aren't as important as 
total area of occupied habitat which probably has changed little in recent 
years. 

Toby Hibbitts 
Millican tx


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On Jul 29, 2012, at 4:29 PM, Brush Freeman <brushfreeman@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> This study is controversial and not everybody buys into it given how 
> extrapolated it was based on aerial photos of possible habitat etc ...While 
> it has an amazing amount of data and maybe is good with a lot of effort was 
> put into it, some are not sure it makes the cut. There are those that would 
> like to know who really backed the funding  for this it seems.   Can't say 
> that I agree or disagree with the report nor do I have the answers for sure, 
> just saying it has its critics, this I know first hand but am not going to 
> provide that info publicly or privately as the report may be challenged by 
> those far more knowledgeable than I.   This is just an FYI   If this single 
> study, as a stand alone effort, leads toward a USFWS de-listing, then a lot 
> of folks may have reason be concerned.  BTW TPWD recently held a meeting to 
> discuss potential birds to be considered as threatened on the state level...I 
> am not here to share that list but it should be made public after the report 
> is complete and the TPW Commissioners etc. have a chance to review  
> it....What the TPWD and USFWS do are seperate issues as always...I am not 
> sure the TPWD can add or subtract any species from the endangered list but 
> they can modify the lists of SOC in the state for any flora or fauna.
> 
> Also your link does not take one to the article or the paper, but I am just 
> presuming the report you are referring to is the Morrison.
> 
> B
> 
> On Sun, Jul 29, 2012 at 3:49 PM, Charles W. Easley <cwebirds@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> All Texas birders:
>  
> The work of the past 40-50 years by concerned Texas birders and conservation 
> people may be paying off. A & M researchers calculate the rangewide 
> population of male Golden
> Cheeked Warblers in Texas at a shade over 263,000. Previous surveys counted 
> roughly 9,000 to 54,000 birds.  To understand the survey better and read 
> about the findings of the
> Fish and Wildlife Service see 
> http://www.statesman.com/news/local/a-m-study-places-golden-cheeked-warbler.
>  
> This, I believe, proves in part, that the bird is in better shape, number 
> wise, than we thought. And my friend, Warren Pulich, now passed, would be 
> excited about the findings of the
> survey. We can make a difference by the things we preserve and protect. 
>  
> Charles Easley
> Life Member TOS
> cwebirds@xxxxxxx
> 
> 
> 
> -- 
> Brush Freeman
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> 

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