[va-richmond-general] Re: Heron Rookery Problem

  • From: <flyingfish1@xxxxxxx>
  • To: thebuttons@xxxxxxxxxxx, "Audubon Richmond" <va-richmond-general@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2013 00:18:21 -0500 (EST)

Birds, alive and dead, and their feathers, other parts and nests are protected 
Federal law and may not be legally collected without the appropriate permits. 
(Some exceptions are pigeons, house sparrows, starlings, domestic birds, and 
legally hunted species). I'm guessing you saw the bones and they were in fact 
from the birds? That's about all I know - maybe someone else can help about 
any monitoring of the site?

Kim Harrell
RAS Member

---- Original message ----
>Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2013 17:22:50 -0500
>From: va-richmond-general-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx (on behalf of leeanna 
pletcher <thebuttons@xxxxxxxxxxx>)
>Subject: [va-richmond-general] Heron Rookery Problem  
>To: Audubon Richmond <va-richmond-general@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>   Audubon members,
>   I wanted to bring to your attention the problem I
>   have encountered at the blue heron rookery.  I met
>   an artist who has scavenged bones from the island, I
>   supposed illegally.
>   She has used them for art projects, and it seems she
>   has good intentions, though I think the bones should
>   be left alone.
>   Are the bones protected? Is there any signage down
>   there if someone were to swim over to the island? I
>   think a few strongly worded signs placed on either
>   side of the island
>   could dissuade an individual from entering and
>   collecting there.
>   What bothers me the most is that the artist
>   described piles of bones under the nests, I am
>   guessing from juveniles that fell. Is there
>   currently anyone monitoring mortality at the
>   rookery?
>   Thanks for your attention to this matter, and any
>   ideas would be welcome.
>   Leeanna Pletcher
>   Ecologist
>   Adjunct Faculty
>   Department of Biology
>   Virginia Commonwealth University
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