If This follows the pattern of many Eagle Scout projects that lack a commitment for maintenance, the trail will be gone in ten years.
Paul Schmitt Sent from my iPad > On Sep 28, 2015, at 9:38 PM, John and Fritzie Blizzard > <job121...@verizon.net> wrote: > > 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: > Welcome and Basics > Rules and Information > Subscribe, Configuration and Leave > Archives: > The Mail Archive > Surfbirds > BirdingOnThe.Net > Please submit your observations to eBird! > -- -- 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/ --