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

  • From: "Janie" <viajuana@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <ellsy10@xxxxxxxxxxx>, <weltonmj@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "'tnbird'" <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:17:26 -0500



I would like to add that some retailers sell plants that are pre-treated
with neonicotinoids, and if our pollinators are not poisoned outright they
may suffer neurological damage. We don’t know the effects on our
nectar-loving birds. As a birder, beekeeper and lover of other
invertebrates, I am very concerned about the effects of these chemicals on
our wildlife and the future of our food as well.  These pesticides are
widely available for home spraying and can be found by the dozens at major
retailers.  Please don’t use them and ask your local retailer or nursery
owner to label plants that are pre-treated.


For more information about neonicotinoids, see xerces.org and abcbirds.org.


And please do ask your representative to support HR2692—the bill can only
draw more sponsors if we as constituents and concerned citizens show our
concern.  It takes about five minutes.


Thanks to all, 


Janie Finch

Putnam County





From: tn-bird-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tn-bird-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Dan Ellsworth
Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2013 12:50 PM
To: weltonmj@xxxxxxxxxxxxx; tnbird
Cc: Billie Cantwell
Subject: [TN-Bird] Re: It's easy to take action to help our birds.


Hello all,
In addition to the below I would like to share some information from the
East TN pest control company that treats my neighborhood.  Many of us and
our neighbors have someone come a couple times a year for termite
inspections and for treating insects that impact our homes.  I encourage you
all to talk to your local pest control companies if they treat your home and
ask them to avoid spraying flower gardens and shrubs near your home with
dangerous pesticides.  With out asking me I caught our pest control company
attempting to spray my hummingbird garden in late spring.  I stopped him in
time and asked why he was going to spray that area when he was supposed to
be restricted to the house itself.  He said most people do not like bees so
he automatically sprays every home's flower beds unless specifically
instructed not to.  Not only did I say I liked bees, but also asked about
the impact on butterflies and of course our favorite hummingbirds.  He said
the spray would definitely kill all insects that feed and would also poison
and most likely kill hummingbirds that continually feed on the treated
plants.  Not to mention the possible impact on other birds that feed on the
poisoned insects.  
He had been treating many of my neighbors gardens as well which means at
least half the homes were inadvertently hurting the hummingbirds when they
would visit the flower beds near my neighbors feeders.  The scary part is
most people did not even realize this was happening.  After speaking with
them and the pest control companies treating our area we all eliminated any
spraying of flower gardens / shrubs in our neighborhood.  This is an easy
opportunity for us all to have a positive impact on our local wildlife.
Sorry for the long story but I hope this at least helps one other person who
may unknowingly be hurting the hummingbirds they are trying so hard to
attract in the warmer months.
Dan Ellsworth
Farragut, TN

> Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:43:41 -0500
> Subject: [TN-Bird] It's easy to take action to help our birds.
> From: weltonmj@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> To: tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> CC: adelleintn@xxxxxxxxxxx; sheila.shay@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx; gb1nature@xxxxxxx;
bfcantwell@xxxxxxxxx; cdblum@xxxxxxxxxxxxx; dickpreston@xxxxxxxxxxxx
> 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
> neonicotinoids insecticides and the way to easily find and write to your
> Representative.
> 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
> 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.
> http://www.abcbirds.org/abcprograms/policy/toxins/Neonic_FINAL.pdf
> This report focuses on the effects these insecticides have on avian
> 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
> serious harm to birds, bees, and aquatic life.
> Sincerely,
> Melinda Welton
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