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  • Damn Birds | The 'Not Essential' List
    and then turn a blind eye Actually the first three steps are being taken care of thanks to the extensive lobbying by the energy industry at both the Federal and local levels After all if we don t act now climate change will swamp all of these other ecological issues So it is imperative that we shield the wind and solar industry from any criticism that they aggravate or worsen impacts on wildlife and wildlands After we cut emissions and sacrifice thousands of square miles of remaining wildlands to turbines and panels we will have more time to address habitat destruction and biodiversity What s that There are empty rooftops and already disturbed lands where we could generate clean energy Sorry that sounds complicated We re too busy trying to figure out a policy mechanism that will allow industries to kill some of our most iconic species That pesky Endangered Species Act the ridiculous Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the National Environmental Policy Act are standing in the way of rapid deployment of clean energy What were those legislators thinking It is as if they did not want to entrust industry with our public lands and natural resources Well the renewable energy industry is different from those old industries They receive their financing from small community banks like J P Morgan and Goldman Sachs and friendly companies like Google And they have a much different business model They have revolutionary political approaches like helping to elect anti green Republican candidates that want to do away with environmental laws or helping Chevron frack for fossil fuels in California Instead of destroying the Earth to mine and burn fossil fuels they destroy the Earth to tap wind and the sun s rays Instead of tall ugly smokestacks they have tall and elegant f iber glass and steel towers anchored into the land with tons of cement and more steel And instead of using large transmission lines to bring us energy from far away places they use large transmission lines to bring us energy from far away places So you sentimentalist treehugging landscape defending NIMBYs should be ashamed of yourselves for criticizing the impacts of the renewable energy industry And stop trying to slow us down with unrealistic ideas like energy efficiency rooftop solar or solar on already disturbed lands We re in a hurry to defeat a destructive industry and we need the quickest solution possible regardless of the costs Share this Email This entry was posted in Uncategorized on January 19 2013 by Shaun G Post navigation Just the Right Height Silence One thought on Damn Birds Adrienne Adams January 19 2013 at 3 25 pm Lovely timely rant I agree 100 Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Search for Recent Posts A Good Defense Is Not Enough Endangered Landscapes Chimney Swifts Silence Damn Birds Recent Comments Shaun G on A Good Defense Is Not Enough Jessie Wych on A Good Defense Is Not Enough tom in joshua tree

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  • A Good Defense…Is Not Enough | The 'Not Essential' List
    that is difficult for scientists to manage given uncertainty of population trends over three decades So what will it take I think we have to accept that we will not make progress with this administration on many environmental policies These eight years were supposed to represent a major shift in environmental policy and instead we may be only marginally better off than where we were in 2000 What we should consider is how to take away the incentive for future administrations and policymakers to muddle forward in the same manner adopted by this administration In order to do so we should re examine our own tactics because I think we may be doing more harm than good For one accepting Washington s ground rules is not the way to go For example in an effort to enhance their influence some environmentalists argued that climate change is not an environmental issue but an economic one Dirty coal plants are not an environmental issue but a health issue Protecting wildlands is not an environmental issue it s a tourism and outdoor recreation industry issue In a desperate effort to get Washington s attention which nobody expected would be this difficult under this administration we have behaved as if we are ashamed of being environmentalists and sought to transform ourselves into the industrialists and corporations that do own Washington Damage to the environment is damage to economic growth Save the environment for the sake of growth These are compatible values if you accept that open spaces and biodiversity are only valuable in relation to the utility they serve for corporations Extreme weather events cause insurances rates to go up REI can sell more gear if we have National Parks for people to visit The solar industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in th economy Save these lands because they help filter and provide clean water All true but all framed in such a way to appeal to a paradigm that over time will never favor sustainability and the other less quantifiable values of the places and wildlife we love Capitulating to the condition that any environmental protections must be justifiable according to a framework written and controlled by the expansion of wealth for a limited set of corporations and policymakers is a losing strategy If you want to remind them of these economic benefits fine but our campaigns should be built around the core principles that drive us to care about wildlands and wildlife These are beautiful places and beings and we do not want to live on a planet without them Our consumption and growth impacts these values and every little impact we have on a single species or acre of land has cumulative effects on the rest of our lands and wildlife Our approach should be to outline the most sustainable paths forward Our efforts are sure to appear out of place in Washington but that is the point Instead of figuring out how we fit in an unsustainable

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  • Basin and Range Watch | Defending the desert
    and bristlecone pine with summer monsoon thundershowers bathing them The rule of the road when driving into the outback on the dirt track network is always carry two spare tires gallons of water and forget about relying on cell coverage I have never been in a state where so many basins and wide valleys are connected to the outside world with the merest of a dirt road And sometimes impassable with mud after a snowy melt off There have been times when I was relieved to finally reach the comfort of the Loneliest Highway Interstate 50 that cuts across central Nevada I ll share more secrets of Nevada for desert lovers in coming posts Laura Cunningham Share this Email This entry was posted in Uncategorized on June 7 2013 by Basin and Range Watch The view from Wildrose Peak by Basin and Range Watch Leave a reply Share this Email This entry was posted in Uncategorized on June 6 2013 by Basin and Range Watch Swainson s hawks by Basin and Range Watch Leave a reply Swainson s hawks Buteo swainsoni make incredible migrations annually from the Pampas of Argentina to breed in the western US Mexico and Canada They hunt grasshoppers dragonflies rodents reptiles and small birds in grasslands deserts and agricultural fields Commonly these hawks nest in cottonwood trees and other lone trees or river groves This photo shows a dark color phase individual in Fish Lake Valley Nevada taking advantage of an elm tree perch overlooking alfalfa fields where the hunting is good Other individuals may be light colored with cream bellies or reddish feathers Dark phase Swainson s hawk in Fish Lake Valley Nevada In California these raptors have suffered a plunge in population due to habitat removal they like to nest in riparian groves along rivers vegetation which has been highly modified and removed in the age of dams dikes and levies in the Central Valley They are beginning to make a comeback yet threats continue to be thrown in their way Large transmission lines and 400 plus foot wind turbines are being increasingly built in the very mountain passes through which these birds migrate Developers are supposed to mitigate and compensate for potential collision deaths and habitat removal yet the details are still fuzzy and we have heard rumors that not all mitigation measures and compensatory land acquisition promises have been met There was a time when thousands of these hawks flew in groups along the desert mountain fringes of southern California on their northward routes up to the fertile plains and rivers of central California I have seen small groups less than a dozen or single individuals flying over West Mojave creosote during spring and fall At Borrego Springs volunteers sometimes count hundreds in gregarious kettles flying through on migration This spring nearly 500 Swainson s hawks took a detour together and rode the winds up the Colorado River to stop near Boulder City in southern Nevada to land on yuccas and desert

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  • About Us | Basin and Range Watch
    the answer to that question Leave a Reply Cancel reply Search for Recent Posts Nevada Part 2 Nevada Part 1 The view from Wildrose Peak Swainson s hawks How It All Started Recent Comments marte on Nevada Part 2 Basin and Range Watch on Nevada Part 2 GarryRogers on Nevada Part 2 Ron Parry on About Us Parke Ewing on How It All Started On the Coyot es Network Some reasons I have been called a radical environmentalist Coyote Crossing Published on September 19 2015 by Chris Clarke On Forgetting My Field Guide Birds and Words Published on September 16 2015 by Julia Zarankin My Hit Single Are Warblers Less Important Than Tigers Reconciliation Ecology Published on September 12 2015 by Madhusudan Katti Making Friends With Crows The Corvid Blog Published on August 2 2015 by The Corvid Blog The Heart of Freedom Cecil the Lion Wild Within Published on July 29 2015 by Jennifer Molidor There s Gold in Them Hills Dispersal Range Published on June 28 2015 by Meera Lee Sethi California note 1 Slow Water Movement Published on July 7 2015 by slowwatermovement Joe Eaton calls Fowl A Review Toad In The Hole Published on July 4

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  • Uncategorized | Basin and Range Watch
    bluebunch wheatgrass and bristlecone pine with summer monsoon thundershowers bathing them The rule of the road when driving into the outback on the dirt track network is always carry two spare tires gallons of water and forget about relying on cell coverage I have never been in a state where so many basins and wide valleys are connected to the outside world with the merest of a dirt road And sometimes impassable with mud after a snowy melt off There have been times when I was relieved to finally reach the comfort of the Loneliest Highway Interstate 50 that cuts across central Nevada I ll share more secrets of Nevada for desert lovers in coming posts Laura Cunningham Share this Email This entry was posted in Uncategorized on June 7 2013 by Basin and Range Watch The view from Wildrose Peak by Basin and Range Watch Leave a reply Share this Email This entry was posted in Uncategorized on June 6 2013 by Basin and Range Watch Swainson s hawks by Basin and Range Watch Leave a reply Swainson s hawks Buteo swainsoni make incredible migrations annually from the Pampas of Argentina to breed in the western US Mexico and Canada They hunt grasshoppers dragonflies rodents reptiles and small birds in grasslands deserts and agricultural fields Commonly these hawks nest in cottonwood trees and other lone trees or river groves This photo shows a dark color phase individual in Fish Lake Valley Nevada taking advantage of an elm tree perch overlooking alfalfa fields where the hunting is good Other individuals may be light colored with cream bellies or reddish feathers Dark phase Swainson s hawk in Fish Lake Valley Nevada In California these raptors have suffered a plunge in population due to habitat removal they like to nest in riparian groves along rivers vegetation which has been highly modified and removed in the age of dams dikes and levies in the Central Valley They are beginning to make a comeback yet threats continue to be thrown in their way Large transmission lines and 400 plus foot wind turbines are being increasingly built in the very mountain passes through which these birds migrate Developers are supposed to mitigate and compensate for potential collision deaths and habitat removal yet the details are still fuzzy and we have heard rumors that not all mitigation measures and compensatory land acquisition promises have been met There was a time when thousands of these hawks flew in groups along the desert mountain fringes of southern California on their northward routes up to the fertile plains and rivers of central California I have seen small groups less than a dozen or single individuals flying over West Mojave creosote during spring and fall At Borrego Springs volunteers sometimes count hundreds in gregarious kettles flying through on migration This spring nearly 500 Swainson s hawks took a detour together and rode the winds up the Colorado River to stop near Boulder City in southern Nevada to land on yuccas

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  • Basin and Range Watch | Basin and Range Watch
    in bluebunch wheatgrass and bristlecone pine with summer monsoon thundershowers bathing them The rule of the road when driving into the outback on the dirt track network is always carry two spare tires gallons of water and forget about relying on cell coverage I have never been in a state where so many basins and wide valleys are connected to the outside world with the merest of a dirt road And sometimes impassable with mud after a snowy melt off There have been times when I was relieved to finally reach the comfort of the Loneliest Highway Interstate 50 that cuts across central Nevada I ll share more secrets of Nevada for desert lovers in coming posts Laura Cunningham Share this Email This entry was posted in Uncategorized on June 7 2013 by Basin and Range Watch The view from Wildrose Peak by Basin and Range Watch Leave a reply Share this Email This entry was posted in Uncategorized on June 6 2013 by Basin and Range Watch Swainson s hawks by Basin and Range Watch Leave a reply Swainson s hawks Buteo swainsoni make incredible migrations annually from the Pampas of Argentina to breed in the western US Mexico and Canada They hunt grasshoppers dragonflies rodents reptiles and small birds in grasslands deserts and agricultural fields Commonly these hawks nest in cottonwood trees and other lone trees or river groves This photo shows a dark color phase individual in Fish Lake Valley Nevada taking advantage of an elm tree perch overlooking alfalfa fields where the hunting is good Other individuals may be light colored with cream bellies or reddish feathers Dark phase Swainson s hawk in Fish Lake Valley Nevada In California these raptors have suffered a plunge in population due to habitat removal they like to nest in riparian groves along rivers vegetation which has been highly modified and removed in the age of dams dikes and levies in the Central Valley They are beginning to make a comeback yet threats continue to be thrown in their way Large transmission lines and 400 plus foot wind turbines are being increasingly built in the very mountain passes through which these birds migrate Developers are supposed to mitigate and compensate for potential collision deaths and habitat removal yet the details are still fuzzy and we have heard rumors that not all mitigation measures and compensatory land acquisition promises have been met There was a time when thousands of these hawks flew in groups along the desert mountain fringes of southern California on their northward routes up to the fertile plains and rivers of central California I have seen small groups less than a dozen or single individuals flying over West Mojave creosote during spring and fall At Borrego Springs volunteers sometimes count hundreds in gregarious kettles flying through on migration This spring nearly 500 Swainson s hawks took a detour together and rode the winds up the Colorado River to stop near Boulder City in southern Nevada to land on

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  • The view from Wildrose Peak | Basin and Range Watch
    and Range Watch on Nevada Part 2 GarryRogers on Nevada Part 2 Ron Parry on About Us Parke Ewing on How It All Started On the Coyot es Network Some reasons I have been called a radical environmentalist Coyote Crossing Published on September 19 2015 by Chris Clarke On Forgetting My Field Guide Birds and Words Published on September 16 2015 by Julia Zarankin My Hit Single Are Warblers Less Important Than Tigers Reconciliation Ecology Published on September 12 2015 by Madhusudan Katti Making Friends With Crows The Corvid Blog Published on August 2 2015 by The Corvid Blog The Heart of Freedom Cecil the Lion Wild Within Published on July 29 2015 by Jennifer Molidor There s Gold in Them Hills Dispersal Range Published on June 28 2015 by Meera Lee Sethi California note 1 Slow Water Movement Published on July 7 2015 by slowwatermovement Joe Eaton calls Fowl A Review Toad In The Hole Published on July 4 2015 by Joe Eaton The other invisible hand View from Elephant Hills Published on 5 June 2015 by T R Shankar Raman The Silurian Valley spared but will it be conserved Miracle or Mirage Published on December 5 2014 by

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  • Swainson’s hawks | Basin and Range Watch
    and habitat removal yet the details are still fuzzy and we have heard rumors that not all mitigation measures and compensatory land acquisition promises have been met There was a time when thousands of these hawks flew in groups along the desert mountain fringes of southern California on their northward routes up to the fertile plains and rivers of central California I have seen small groups less than a dozen or single individuals flying over West Mojave creosote during spring and fall At Borrego Springs volunteers sometimes count hundreds in gregarious kettles flying through on migration This spring nearly 500 Swainson s hawks took a detour together and rode the winds up the Colorado River to stop near Boulder City in southern Nevada to land on yuccas and desert scrub feasting on an outbreak of grasshoppers hatched from winter rains in that spot They somehow know where to go to find the buffets on their way to nesting territories Let s hope we can stay out of their way Share this Email This entry was posted in Uncategorized on June 2 2013 by Basin and Range Watch Post navigation How It All Started The view from Wildrose Peak Leave a Reply Cancel reply Search for Recent Posts Nevada Part 2 Nevada Part 1 The view from Wildrose Peak Swainson s hawks How It All Started Recent Comments marte on Nevada Part 2 Basin and Range Watch on Nevada Part 2 GarryRogers on Nevada Part 2 Ron Parry on About Us Parke Ewing on How It All Started On the Coyot es Network Some reasons I have been called a radical environmentalist Coyote Crossing Published on September 19 2015 by Chris Clarke On Forgetting My Field Guide Birds and Words Published on September 16 2015 by Julia Zarankin My Hit Single

    Original URL path: http://coyot.es/basinandrangewatch/2013/06/02/swainsons-hawks/ (2015-09-25)
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