[TN-Bird] It's easy to take action to help our birds.

  • From: Melinda Welton <weltonmj@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tnbird <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:43:41 -0500

Dear all,
Neonicotinoids insecticides are having impacts to the survival of
Tennessee's birds. 

TOS has already signed onto to an American Bird Conservancy letter to the
EPA about the harmful effects of these insecticides. Individual letters,
however can have an equal impact!

Ask your Reprehensive to support and to co-sponsor H.R. 2692, the Save
America¹s Pollinators Act of 2013.

By going to: 
827> , you'll find everything you need to write your letter - background on
neonicotinoids insecticides and the way to easily find and write to your

Below is the letter I just sent my Representative. Please customize your
letter (or use my letter but modify the first sentences), or customize the
letter on the ABC website as soon as possible.

It's fine to love birds, but if we don't take action, we can't restore
declining bird populations!!

Thank you for taking the time to do this.

Melinda Welton
Birdworks Consulting
Franklin, TN 


Dear Representative ____

Neonicotinoid insecticides are known to be toxic to pollinators like
honeybee in Tennessee, but they also have profound impacts on the birds that
grace our state, as well as our nation. Many of these bird species are
already suffering steep declines and neonicotinoids are contributing to
these declines.
The American Bird Conservancy has just released a report on research that
provides the evidence that neonicotinoids are profoundly impacting birds.
This report focuses on the effects these insecticides have on avian species
and concludes that neonicotinoids  are lethal to birds as well as to the
aquatic systems on which they depend. A single corn kernel coated with a
neonicotinoid can kill a songbird. Even a tiny grain of wheat or canola
treated with the oldest neonicotinoid, imidacloprid, can poison a bird. As
little as one tenth of a corn seed per day during egg-laying season is all
that is needed to affect reproduction with any of the neonicotinoids
registered to date.
Please support H.R. 2692, the Save America¹s Pollinators Act of 2013 that
will direct the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend
registration for neonicotinoid insecticides, or "neonics," which are causing
serious harm to birds, bees, and aquatic life.
Melinda Welton

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