Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Mt. Diablo Audubon newsletter editor goes to bat once again for woodpeckers

22 Acorn woodpeckers were shot under a depradation permit issued to the Rossmoor condominium community from U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service before intervention from Mt. Diablo Audubon and Audubon California. Following the intervention, the depradation stopped and the permit lapsed. However, just before the permit lapsed, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services unexpectedly trapped over 20 woodpeckers to use in an experiment to determine the best way to discourage them. Mt. Diablo Audubon QUAIL newsletter editor Ellis Myers commented on the latest development in the ongoing Acorn woodpecker controversy at Rossmore in Walnut Creek in the Bay Area. His letter to the editor of CONTRA COSTA TIMES is here. More coverage is on Mt. Diablo Audubon's website here and in the July/August QUAIL which will be posted on that site.

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