Today I walked along the new "path" along the south side of Mill pond. Needless to say, it left me feeling angry that the scout's mother, who admitted to me that she knew next to nothing about birds & their needs, pushed through their (her) agenda of making the path, DESPITE all the letters you caring, knowledgeable birders wrote. Letters that were polite, filled with suggests & reasons why the path should not be there.
This was a mother pushing her shy son into something she thought he/they could do so he could become an Eagle Scout. I understand ... it's hard to find projects that would earn a merit badge. (The roofless, gazebo with no seats was one.) I don't know who on the village board gave the final approval or if liability has been considered. I do know that the former mayor who recently resigned, was ready to give immediate approval at that 1st meeting after only the _barest_ of plans were presented. Indeed, there were no _real_ plans presented at the meeting I attended. It was _just a proposal_ with the boy to give more thorough plans at a future date as to what part the village would play & what the boy was to do. Oh, & he proposed erecting a sign about the birds that stop there. So folks, today I did a slow boil as I walked the rough path which still needs a LOT of clearing, leveling, digging out stumps & putting in wood chips. The path is as close as 5' from the water (with no bushes to hide walkers) & as far as 20'. Beware, in places there is poison ivy underfoot & along the path. A beaver has dropped a tree into the water. I was happy to see a catbird in bushes between me & the water. ALL the ducks were at the NE area of the pond. Not unusual but what will it be like when the pond is full? Futile question. Thank you all who tried, as did I, to keep the pond edge & the pond as a safe haven & home for "our" birds. Fritzie .... 24 yrs. here, loving & enjoying the birds of Union Springs. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://firstname.lastname@example.org/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --