One organization that DOES talk about population is the Center for Biodiversity 
in AZ.
  I am a fan.  They do good work.

Regi


What good is a house if you don’t have a tolerable planet to put it in?  Henry 
David Thoreau

> On Sep 26, 2019, at 11:53 AM, Donna Lee Scott <d...@cornell.edu> wrote:
> 
> Compost all you can; I save out most used paper towels and tissues and mix 
> with my big compost pile leaves, grass, veg garbage etc.
> Having a few small woodsy plots here, I also make “wildlife hut” piles with 
> most my downed branches and tree/bush trimmings, rather than send it to the 
> dump.
> Town of Lansing on their ONE brush pickup service per year at least makes 
> mulch out of all they pick up.
>  
> But the Other Big Elephant in the room is HUMAN OVERPOPULATION, which 
> obviously is helping to cause a lot of climate change , habitat loss, rain 
> forest destruction, etc.
> A very complex issue for which probably only massive education world-wide 
> will help. Look at results of China’s previous efforts at “one child per 
> couple”…
> Back in the 1970s there was the Zero Population Growth book and publicity. 
> Haven’t heard much about this lately.
>  
> Donna Scott
> Lansing
>  
> From: bounce-123960446-15001...@list.cornell.edu 
> [mailto:bounce-123960446-15001...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Deb Grantham
> Sent: Thursday, September 26, 2019 11:42 AM
> To: CAYUGABIRDS-L <cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu>
> Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] How to help birds
>  
> For reducing impacts of ag, don’t waste food. A very high percentage of food 
> in the US is wasted – spoils or people won’t eat the produce with spots, etc.
>  
> Deb
>  
>  
> From: bounce-123958613-83565...@list.cornell.edu 
> <bounce-123958613-83565...@list.cornell.edu> On Behalf Of Dave Nutter
> Sent: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 10:36 PM
> To: CAYUGABIRDS-L <cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu>
> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] How to help birds
>  
> The Lab of O recently released a report saying the world’s wild bird 
> population has dropped an alarming 29% in the last five decades. I also 
> received a list from the Lab of O about how we as individuals can help reduce 
> the harm to birds. Suggestions include preventing window strikes, stopping 
> cat predation, stopping pesticide use, planting native species instead of 
> lawns, reducing plastic use and recycling plastic, and not consuming 
> sun-grown coffee. I would add bananas and sugar to that list of tropical 
> plantations which destroy habitat, and suggest generally eating locally. The 
> list also talks about advocating policies in each of those areas.
>  
> 
> Anyway, the suggestions are good, and I support them. Yet I think there’s an 
> elephant in the room. An issue which was not mentioned is destroying coastal 
> habitats, mountain habitats, and arctic habitats including sea ice. It is 
> causing desertification. It is producing larger wildfires, including where 
> plants and animals are not fire-adapted. It is destroying coral reefs which 
> are nurseries for fish. It has already moved the ranges of fish and other 
> aquatic bird food by hundreds of miles or affected their populations. It 
> creates increasingly powerful storms which can devastate islands, as we have 
> seen in Puerto Rico and the Bahamas.
>  
> 
> The problem is climate change, and it is predicted to move the growing 
> conditions for plants much faster than the plants can move and regrow, thus 
> destroying habitats for birds at range-wide scales. And that’s before 
> considering all the habitat destruction caused by humans trying to adapt, 
> move, fight over resources, and create new farm land to replace the areas 
> which are no longer usable.
>  
> 
> So, I think fighting climate change should be on that list for helping birds 
> (as well as helping many other creatures, including humans). And that means, 
> among many other things, reducing our carbon footprints to limit the future 
> damage. 
> 
> What is the carbon footprint of birding, and what would reducing it mean?
> Not flying?
>  
> Using an electric car charged with renewable energy or at least a high mpg 
> car?  (And even keeping renewable energy use at a moderate level, because 
> photovoltaic & wind “farms” also displace habitat and harm birds.) 
> Limiting miles driven? 
> Car-pooling to go birding? 
>  
> Using discretion when deciding what trips to take? How many gallons of 
> gasoline should be burned by people to see a little lost bird? Putting a 
> limit on the area in which to chase rarities. Staying in a county or a basin 
> rather than trying to personally cover a state, country, continent, or 
> planet? Forego chasing rarities which have been seen before? 
>  
> More positively, how about concentrating birding on a small area and getting 
> to know its birds well: places you can walk or bike to, places that are 
> already along your daily commute. 
>  
> And for myself, I have greatly enjoyed the photographs of birds and 
> descriptions of the birds’ activities which other people have contributed to 
> their eBird reports. Rather than envy, I can share their joy without feeling 
> I need to jump in a car to see (or miss) that bird myself.
>  
> Anyway, these are some issues I have been struggling with, and I wonder if 
> other birders are also thinking about these things. Thanks.
>  
> - - Dave Nutter
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