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Jamaican Tody,©David Sibley

29 Mar Merlin - Help please [John Confer ]
29 Mar Off topic: Recycling fluorescent ballasts [Richard Tkachuck ]
29 Mar Northeastern Integrated Pest Management Center and New York Sea Grant are sponsoring a free screening of the environmental documentary "A Plastic Ocean" [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
29 Mar 4 Fox Sparrows in Brooktondale [Tom Hoebbel ]
29 Mar Peregrine and Great Egret at Sapsucker Woods [Anne Marie Johnson ]
28 Mar Re: Weather Radar and Migration [Adriaan Michiel Dokter ]
28 Mar Osprey at MNWR. [psaracino ]
28 Mar Sapsucker ["W. Larry Hymes" ]
28 Mar Free screening of A Plastic Ocean [Nancy Cusumano ]
28 Mar Sapsucker Woods Egret [Brad Walker ]
28 Mar killdeer [Sandy ]
27 Mar Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
27 Mar Sapsucker Woods Blue-winged Teals [Anne Marie Johnson ]
27 Mar Re: Sign of the Season [marsha kardon ]
27 Mar Sign of the Season [Peter ]
27 Mar Owling Trip [bob mcguire ]
26 Mar Re:[cayugabirds- anaplasmosis [Donna Lee Scott ]
26 Mar Re: Important Lyme Disease info! [Alicia Plotkin ]
26 Mar Re: [cayugabirds-l] Marie Read’s National Wildlife cover photo! [Peter ]
26 Mar Marie Read’s National Wildlife cover photo! [Carol Schmitt ]
26 Mar Eurasian Green-winged Teal, Montezuma NWR [Jay McGowan ]
26 Mar Eurasian Green-winged Teal, Montezuma NWR [Jay McGowan ]
26 Mar Re: More Turkey Vultures []
26 Mar Important Lyme Disease info! [Betsy Darlington ]
26 Mar Re: More Turkey Vultures [Peter ]
26 Mar Re: More Turkey Vultures [Carol Keeler ]
26 Mar Re: More Turkey Vultures [Peter ]
26 Mar More Turkey Vultures ["W. Larry Hymes" ]
26 Mar Turkey Vultures ["W. Larry Hymes" ]
22 Mar Re: Free Audubon Guide (not the app) [Eben McLane ]
22 Mar Fox Sparrow in Newfield ["Laura J. Heisey" ]
25 Mar Winter Wren @ Fischer Old Growth [Suan Yong ]
25 Mar Dryden Lake: Ross's Goose, goldeneye [Jay McGowan ]
25 Mar Union Springs ... 6 Sandhills [John and Fritzie Blizzard ]
25 Mar Ducks [bob mcguire ]
23 Mar Re: Beebe Lake Northern Pintail [Asher Hockett ]
23 Mar Snow geese [Bill Mcaneny ]
25 Mar Drumming [Geo Kloppel ]
25 Mar Weather Radar and Migration [Peter ]
24 Mar W-C Sparrow [Bill Mcaneny ]
24 Mar old and new birds [Bard Prentiss ]
24 Mar Black Vulture [Marc Devokaitis ]
24 Mar Tree Swallows and Sandhill Cranes at Northern Montezuma WMA [Chris Lajewski ]
23 Mar Migration on radar this evening [Dave Nutter ]
24 Mar Re: Migration on radar this evening [Dave Nutter ]
23 Mar Re: URGENT ALERT: Dodge Rd Spruce Woods may be cut down for massive Solar Farm on Dodge rd, STARTING in APRIL !! [Lea LSF ]
23 Mar Re: Snow geese [Dave Nutter ]
23 Mar Beebe Lake Northern Pintail [Karen Steffy ]
23 Mar Re:Snow Geese 3 [Donna Lee Scott ]
23 Mar Re: Mucklands [Peter ]
23 Mar Re: Free Audubon Guide (not the app) [Peter ]
23 Mar Re: Mucklands [Steve Benedict ]
23 Mar Re: URGENT ALERT: Dodge Rd Spruce Woods may be cut down for massive Solar Farm on Dodge rd, STARTING in APRIL !! [Gary Kohlenberg ]
23 Mar Snow Geese [Donna Lee Scott ]
23 Mar Snow Geese [Donna Lee Scott ]
22 Mar Mucklands [Mary Jane Thomas ]
23 Mar Re: Mucklands [Janet Akin ]
22 Mar Re: URGENT ALERT: Dodge Rd Spruce Woods may be cut down for massive Solar Farm on Dodge rd, STARTING in APRIL !! [Melanie Uhlir ]
21 Mar Re: URGENT ALERT: Dodge Rd Spruce Woods may be cut down for massive Solar Farm on Dodge rd, STARTING in APRIL !! [Dave Nutter ]
22 Mar woodcocks displaying - airport [Michele Mannella ]
22 Mar A trail from Ithaca to Taughannock Falls [Peter ]
21 Mar A Legend Who Persuaded a Generation to Love Birds, Wild Places and Science Has Passed ["Chris R. Pelkie" ]
21 Mar Re: URGENT ALERT: Dodge Rd Spruce Woods may be cut down for massive Solar Farm on Dodge rd, STARTING in APRIL !! [Sandy Podulka ]
21 Mar GB HERON [Bill Mcaneny ]
20 Mar Re: URGENT ALERT: Dodge Rd Spruce Woods may be cut down for massive Solar Farm on Dodge rd, STARTING in APRIL !! [Tobias Dean ]
20 Mar Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
21 Mar Free Audubon Guide (not the app) [Peter ]
20 Mar Re: URGENT ALERT: Dodge Rd Spruce Woods may be cut down for massive Solar Farm on Dodge rd, STARTING in APRIL !! []
20 Mar Re: URGENT ALERT: Dodge Rd Spruce Woods may be cut down for massive Solar Farm on Dodge rd, STARTING in APRIL !! [marsha kardon ]
20 Mar Re: URGENT ALERT: Dodge Rd Spruce Woods may be cut down for massive Solar Farm on Dodge rd, STARTING in APRIL !! [Martha Fischer ]
20 Mar Re: URGENT ALERT: Dodge Rd Spruce Woods may be cut down for massive Solar Farm on Dodge rd, STARTING in APRIL !! [Jeff Gerbracht ]
20 Mar DIY Bird Saver for Window Treatment [Sandy Wold ]
20 Mar Re: Migration Video and question [Peter ]
20 Mar URGENT ALERT: Dodge Rd Spruce Woods may be cut down for massive Solar Farm on Dodge rd, STARTING in APRIL !! [Nari Mistry ]
20 Mar Re: Migration Video and question [Geo Kloppel ]
20 Mar Re: Migration Video and question [Geo Kloppel ]

Subject: Merlin - Help please
From: John Confer <confer AT ithaca.edu>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:45:26 +0000
As many of you know, I have been following the nest success of local Merlins 
for the last two years. Thanks in large part to reports from subscribers to 
this list serve, I have been able monitor nesting success of 14 nests, which 
had about 50% nesting success. Great fun, and good information. I have provided 
summaries of the nest success to the list serve. I would like to do that again 
this year. If you know of any probable nesting area, would you please let me 
know of the location as precisely as you can, off-list at 
confer AT ithaca.edu. 


Thanks,

John Confer
W) 274-3978
H)  539-6308

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Subject: Off topic: Recycling fluorescent ballasts
From: Richard Tkachuck <rictkalist AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:17:35 -0400
>
> I have four ballasts from old fluorescent fixtures. I have heard that
> there may be stuff in them that is not good for the environment. What is
> the best way to get rid of these.
>
Richard Tkachuck

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Subject: Northeastern Integrated Pest Management Center and New York Sea Grant are sponsoring a free screening of the environmental documentary "A Plastic Ocean"
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:14:31 +0000
The Northeastern Integrated Pest Management Center and New York Sea Grant are 
sponsoring a free screening of the environmental documentary "A Plastic Ocean" 
on Monday April 24 at 7pm in Willard Straight Theatre (Cornell Cinema). 

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Subject: 4 Fox Sparrows in Brooktondale
From: Tom Hoebbel <tomhoebbel AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:08:25 -0400
We currently have 4 fox sparrows scratching among the leaves in our front
yard in Brooktondale



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         www.TH-Photo.com 
              607-539-6121
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Subject: Peregrine and Great Egret at Sapsucker Woods
From: Anne Marie Johnson <aj47 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:32:30 +0000
This morning David Bonter discovered an immature Peregrine Falcon on the 
largest snag in the main pond at Sapsucker Woods. The Great Egret found 
yesterday is still there this morning, foraging along the edge of the pond 
farthest from the building. There also are two pairs of Wood Ducks on the 
farther pond and 3 Ring-necked Ducks on the pond right in front of the Visitor 
Center. 


Anne Marie Johnson


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Subject: Re: Weather Radar and Migration
From: Adriaan Michiel Dokter <amd427 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:54:44 +0000
Hi everybody,

I can also recommend the radarscope app:
https://radarscope.io/

As far as i know it’s the only app that allows you to view all the 
high-resolution “raw” weather radar products (so no filtering that keeps 
only precipitation, and also all the dual-polarimetry products). Costs you $10, 
but I’ve been really happy with it. 


Best,
Adriaan

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Cornell University
159 Sapsucker Woods Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

Email: amd427 AT cornell.edu

Personal webpage: http://adriaandokter.com


On 25 Mar 2017, at 08:04, Peter 
> wrote: 


Dave(s) Nutter and Nicosia.

Thanks for the help concerning radar and migration.

In my search I also found this site, and I hope it can be of use to some folks; 
it has the National Doppler Radar Sites available at one click of a mouse... 


https://radar.weather.gov

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Subject: Osprey at MNWR.
From: psaracino <psaracin AT rochester.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:22:43 -0400
    

Observed an Osprey hunting and then on nest (rt. 89 Mays point bridge nest) 
while conducting waterfowl survey today with Lynn Donaldson this morning!! 


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Subject: Sapsucker
From: "W. Larry Hymes" <wlh2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:12:59 -0400
Just had our first of year YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER (male).  Migration 
is proceeding!!

Larry

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Subject: Free screening of A Plastic Ocean
From: Nancy Cusumano <nancycusumano62 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:02:53 -0400
Hello friends, wearing my work hat here...

The Northeastern Integrated Pest Management Center and New York Sea Grant
are sponsoring a free screening of the environmental documentary "A Plastic
Ocean" on Monday April 24 at 7pm in Willard Straight Theatre (Cornell
Cinema).

Public is invited. I watched it last night and it is a stunning work that
anyone who cares about birds, animals, the ocean and the planet should see.

There is a section on tropical birds ingesting plastic that is just
heartbreaking.

The trailer can be watched here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zrn4-FfbXw

Please put this important event on your calendars (only 2 days after Earth
Day) and invite friends as well.

Thanks so much,

Nancy Cusumano

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Subject: Sapsucker Woods Egret
From: Brad Walker <bmw38 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:36:22 +0000
A Great Egret was perched on the pond this morning. I turned around for a
minute and it disappeared. Not sure if it flew off or tucked in somewhere.

It was on the back pond near the Sherwood Platform.

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Subject: killdeer
From: Sandy <sandra.wold AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:28:47 -0400
I heard killdeer flying over Fall Creek and then up near the Pyramid Mall 
yesterday afternoon (Monday)! 


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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:41:46 +0000 (UTC)
*  New York*  Syracuse   
   - March 27 2017
*  NYSY  03.27.17 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):March 20, 2017 - 
March 27, 2017to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate NY 
counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands 
Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, 
Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortlandcompiled: March 27  AT 5 p.m. 
(EDT)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: 
www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for 
the week of March 20, 2017. 

Highlights--------------
TUNDRA SWANROSS’S GOOSECACKLING GOOSEBLUE-WINGED TEALEURASIAN GREEN-WINGED 
TEALEURASIAN WIGEONSANDHILL CRANETHAYER’S GULLGLAUCOUS GULLICELAND 
GULLSHORT-EARED OWLNORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLGREAT GRAY OWL (Extralimital) 


Montezuma National Wildlife Complex (MNWC) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex 
(MWC)------------ 

     3/22: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen from East road. A SHORT-EARED OWL was 
seen from Carncross Road     3/23: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen from Carncross 
Road.     3/26: An EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was found at the Visitor’s 
Center. It was relocated today in the same spot. A BLUE-WINGED TEAL was seen at 
the Visitor’s Center. A SANDHILL CRANE was seen from Carncross road.     
3/27: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen from Carncross Road. 


Derby Hill Hawk Watch------------
     After a slow beginning things are picking up at Derby. Yesterday 480 
hawks were counted including 6 GOLDEN EAGLES including one flying low enough to 
ID without binoculars. Also seen this week were CACKLING GEESE, SANDHILL CRANES 
and the first TREE SWALLOWS. 


Oswego County------------
     3/20: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Lanphere Road south of Mexico.   
  3/21: A GLAUCOUS GULL  was seen in Oswego Harbor.     3/24: 3 ICELAND 
GULLS continue at the lock in Phoenix.     3/26: A ROSS’GOOSE was seen in 
Oswego Harbor. A juvenile THAYER’S GULL continues at the lock in Phoenix. 


Onondaga County------------
     3/23: Last day the NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was reported at Beaver Lake 
Nature Center. 


Madison County------------
     3/25: A BLUE-WINGED TEAL was seen in Pools Brook at Harsh Road.

Herkimer County------------
     3/216 TUNDRA SWANS, rare for this county, were seen in Weaver Pond on 
Rt. 20 west of Richfield Springs. 


Extralimital------------
     GREAT GRAY OWLS continue at Robert Moses State Park on Robinson Bay 
Road in St. Lawrence County (last seen on 3/26) and on Limekiln Road near Keene 
in Essex County (last seen on 3/25). 


Migrants reported this week.
OSPREYTREE SWALLOWLINCOLN’S SPARROWWILSON’S SNIPEFIELD SPARROWEASTERN 
PHOEBE      

     

-end report 
    
Joseph BrinRegion 5Baldwinsville, NY 13027  U.S.A.  
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Subject: Sapsucker Woods Blue-winged Teals
From: Anne Marie Johnson <annemariejohnson AT frontiernet.net>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:24:22 -0400
On a lunchtime walk today several of us saw 3 Blue-winged Teals on the pond 
near the islands. Someone was there taking pictures of them when we 
arrived. The ducks quickly disappeared out of sight heading left towards 
the Podell Boardwalk. I looked for them at 2:00 from the staff lounge and 
could not find them. Also on the pond was a pair of Hooded Mergansers.

Anne Marie Johnson

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Subject: Re: Sign of the Season
From: marsha kardon <mfkardon AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:11:38 -0400
Yes, the world is a richer place for me since I began birding; I hear and
see so much more beauty.

On Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 11:00 AM, Peter  wrote:

> A nice sign of the season.....goldfinches starting to gain their color
> back..........
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Subject: Sign of the Season
From: Peter <psaracin AT rochester.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:00:30 -0400
A nice sign of the season.....goldfinches starting to gain their color 
back..........


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Subject: Owling Trip
From: bob mcguire <bmcguire AT clarityconnect.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:15:13 -0400
We had an interesting experience last night. John Confer led an owing trip 
for the CBC. Our first stop was Wood Road north where it is broken by a stream 
crossing. John tried unsuccessfully for saw-whet, screech, and then great 
horned owls - we have had some of them at that location in past years. As is 
got dark, Suan pulled out his infared camera and began scanning the woods for 
warm bodies. What he picked up was amazing! A RUFFED GROUSE perched high in a 
tree (probably poplar - probably feeding on the new buds or the catkins). We 
then listened to several woodcocks penning and then follow one of them (on the 
camera screen) as it took of, flew its loops, then settled to the ground again. 
What an asset that camera is for night-time birding! 


The only owl we were able to find was a saw-whet that gave a short response 
call to playback at the bottom of Star Stanton Road. 


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Subject: Re:[cayugabirds- anaplasmosis
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:56:41 +0000
My dog had the same thing & almost died. Meds cured her.

Donna Scott
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On Mar 26, 2017, at 5:54 PM, Alicia Plotkin 
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Apparently anaplasmosis also has made its way to central NY. Our dog became 
extremely ill and nearly died last November. Her symptoms were odd and it 
wasn't clear what the cause of her problems were until the test for 
anaplasmosis came back positive. She already was somewhat on the mend by the 
time she was diagnosed, but a 21 day cycle of doxycycline hastened her 
recovery. 


Alicia


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From: Alicia Plotkin <tess AT fltg.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:54:30 -0400
Apparently anaplasmosis also has made its way to central NY.  Our dog 
became extremely ill and nearly died last November.  Her symptoms were 
odd and it wasn't clear what the cause of her problems were until the 
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Marie Read’s National Wildlife cover photo!
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Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:53:25 -0400
Beautiful Marie.

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Our local photographer extraordinaire Marie Read’s photo of a Rose-breasted 
Grosbeakgraces the April/May 2017 issue of NationalWildlife Magazine. 


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Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:49:35 -0400
Late this morning I found a male EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL in with a flock
of American Green-winged Teal at the Visitor Center pool at Montezuma NWR,
Seneca County. It was fairly easy to pick out from the Americans by the
lack of shoulder bar, although the white side stripe was often obscured. I
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https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35443615

Many thousands of other dabblers are in the less frozen areas of the
refuge, but we were unable to find any Eurasian Wigeon or anything else out
of the ordinary. Thousands of Aythya continue at the north end of Cayuga
Lake as well.

Two SNOWY OWLS continue on Lott Farm in Seneca Falls.

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Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:49:35 -0400
Late this morning I found a male EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL in with a flock
of American Green-winged Teal at the Visitor Center pool at Montezuma NWR,
Seneca County. It was fairly easy to pick out from the Americans by the
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https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35443615

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refuge, but we were unable to find any Eurasian Wigeon or anything else out
of the ordinary. Thousands of Aythya continue at the north end of Cayuga
Lake as well.

Two SNOWY OWLS continue on Lott Farm in Seneca Falls.

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Subject: Re: More Turkey Vultures
From: rachelhogancamp810 AT gmail.com
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:21:28 -0400
Hi, all -

I'm relatively new to the list-serve and haven't chimed in too much. I've taken 
to photographing these gorgeous creatures and am still learning! 


I wanted you to know that I saw the pair of adult bald eagles along with a blue 
heron at Mud Lock on Thursday in the late afternoon. They were perfectly 
content perched up on treetops that were very near where the best used to be. 


I also saw three or four flocks of snow geese with hundreds of birds along 
route 90 and then off to the east in some farm fields. 


Rachel 



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> On Mar 26, 2017, at 12:01 PM, Peter  wrote:
> 
> Thanks Carol. I'll pass that along to folks up here.
> 
> And now is certainly a good time to look (before the "canopy" closes)....
> 
> I'm helping out in a waterfowl survey this Tuesday and will definitely take a 
look. 

> 
> I'll report what I find........
> 
> Pete
> 
> 
>> On 3/26/2017 10:19 AM, Carol Keeler wrote:
>> I was told yesterday by the Savannah Audubon director that the Mud Lock 
eagles are rebuilding their nest near the old, blown down nest but farther in 
the woods. It might be much harder to see. 

>> 
>> Sent from my iPad
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>>> On Mar 26, 2017, at 9:44 AM, Peter  wrote:
>>> 
>>> Saw two sandhills at Knox Marcellus (Montezuma Refuge) yesterday 
(Saturday). Eagles on nest on Fisher Rd, Armitage Rd. and Rt. 31 near Potato 
barn (the only 3 nests I checked). Oh, and no sign of any eagle activity near 
the Mud Lock nest that has blown down. 

>>> 
>>> 4 Tree swallows at Mud Lock. Also a young rough-leg near May's Point.
>>> 
>>> Pete Saracino
>>> 
>>> 
>>>> On 3/26/2017 9:34 AM, W. Larry Hymes wrote:
>>>> Just spotted a kettle of 8 more TURKEY VULTURES soaring south of Sapsucker 
Woods -- and another bird just north of our property. 

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This article is really important for all us outdoor lovers!
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From: Peter <psaracin AT rochester.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:01:02 -0400
Thanks Carol. I'll pass that along to folks up here.

And now is certainly a good time to look (before the "canopy" closes)....

I'm helping out in a waterfowl survey this Tuesday and will definitely 
take a look.

I'll report what I find........

Pete


On 3/26/2017 10:19 AM, Carol Keeler wrote:
> I was told yesterday by the Savannah Audubon director that the Mud Lock 
eagles are rebuilding their nest near the old, blown down nest but farther in 
the woods. It might be much harder to see. 

>
> Sent from my iPad
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>> On Mar 26, 2017, at 9:44 AM, Peter  wrote:
>>
>> Saw two sandhills at Knox Marcellus (Montezuma Refuge) yesterday (Saturday). 
Eagles on nest on Fisher Rd, Armitage Rd. and Rt. 31 near Potato barn (the only 
3 nests I checked). Oh, and no sign of any eagle activity near the Mud Lock 
nest that has blown down. 

>>
>> 4 Tree swallows at Mud Lock. Also a young rough-leg near May's Point.
>>
>> Pete Saracino
>>
>>
>>> On 3/26/2017 9:34 AM, W. Larry Hymes wrote:
>>> Just spotted a kettle of 8 more TURKEY VULTURES soaring south of Sapsucker 
Woods -- and another bird just north of our property. 

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From: Carol Keeler <carolk441 AT adelphia.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:19:31 -0400
I was told yesterday by the Savannah Audubon director that the Mud Lock eagles 
are rebuilding their nest near the old, blown down nest but farther in the 
woods. It might be much harder to see. 


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> On Mar 26, 2017, at 9:44 AM, Peter  wrote:
> 
> Saw two sandhills at Knox Marcellus (Montezuma Refuge) yesterday (Saturday). 
Eagles on nest on Fisher Rd, Armitage Rd. and Rt. 31 near Potato barn (the only 
3 nests I checked). Oh, and no sign of any eagle activity near the Mud Lock 
nest that has blown down. 

> 
> 4 Tree swallows at Mud Lock. Also a young rough-leg near May's Point.
> 
> Pete Saracino
> 
> 
>> On 3/26/2017 9:34 AM, W. Larry Hymes wrote:
>> Just spotted a kettle of 8 more TURKEY VULTURES soaring south of Sapsucker 
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From: Peter <psaracin AT rochester.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:44:05 -0400
Saw two sandhills at Knox Marcellus (Montezuma Refuge) yesterday 
(Saturday). Eagles on nest on Fisher Rd, Armitage Rd. and Rt. 31 near 
Potato barn (the only 3 nests I checked). Oh, and no sign of any eagle 
activity near the Mud Lock nest that has blown down.

4 Tree swallows at Mud Lock. Also a young rough-leg near May's Point.

Pete Saracino


On 3/26/2017 9:34 AM, W. Larry Hymes wrote:
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> Sapsucker Woods -- and another bird just north of our property.
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From: "W. Larry Hymes" <wlh2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:34:52 -0400
Just spotted a kettle of 8 more TURKEY VULTURES soaring south of 
Sapsucker Woods -- and another bird just north of our property.

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From: "W. Larry Hymes" <wlh2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:28:19 -0400
Just had 6 TURKEY VULTURES soaring over our neighborhood on East Hill.

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Subject: Re: Free Audubon Guide (not the app)
From: Eben McLane <etmclane AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:41:21 -0400
This is an interesting site, Peter. 
I suggest consulting it in conjunction with a site like 
https://www.fs.fed.us/nrs/atlas/  , which has 
more information connected to modeled shifts in habitat types. Habitat change 
will come on us more slowly than climate/temperature variables, I’m thinking. 
The site specifies for trees and birds (not all species of either). The site 
also is not as “friendly" as the Audubon one: strong map-reading skills, with 
at least some knowledge of research modeling techniques, will be helpful. 
Anyway, I think these two sites complement each other interestingly. 

Eben

 On Mar 21, 2017, at 10:28 AM, Peter  wrote:




Folks........go to this site and check out the free audubon guide. As I 
explored the listing on Magnolia warblers I noticed that as part of the Guide 
they have a piece on "How climate change could affect this bird's 
range.....seem to have one for each species...great resource AND free... 

Pete Saracino
The Audubon online Guide to North American Birds 
 
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Subject: Fox Sparrow in Newfield
From: "Laura J. Heisey" <ljh2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:10:40 +0000
Just saw my first ever Fox Sparrow on the ground below my feeders. Life list 
#127. I'm very much looking forward to adding lots more on this year's Spring 
Field Ornithology class field trips. 


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Subject: Winter Wren @ Fischer Old Growth
From: Suan Yong <suan.yong AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:27:02 -0400
Had a winter wren this morning at the Fischer Old Growth Forest in Newfield, 
singing a slower-than-normal song. Recording here (song starts around the 8th 
second): 


https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2O4mzxCPxvYYkVzWEVsTno5NE0

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Subject: Dryden Lake: Ross's Goose, goldeneye
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:15:39 -0400
Livia and I checked Dryden Lake late this morning. Although the lake is
still almost completely frozen, the tiny open corner at the northeast end
had an impressive diversity of ducks, including NORTHERN PINTAIL, GADWALL,
AMERICAN WIGEON, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, RING-NECKED DUCK,
and four COMMON GOLDENEYE, three females and one male. Goldeneye are
generally quite scarce on Dryden Lake.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35413814

On our way out we drove along West Lake Road and found an adult ROSS'S
GOOSE in a group of several hundred Snow Geese in the wet cornfields near
the Rt. 38 end of the road. According to Kevin, the Ross's was still
present a few minutes ago (1PM). This is only my fourth time seeing this
species on the ground in Tompkins County.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35413820

We drove around quite a few other areas in Dryden without too much else to
show for it. The only other birds of note were a MERLIN on a telephone pole
on Livermore Road and an adult RED-SHOULDERED HAWK perched over the back
ditch at the Unit 2 ponds on Niemi Road.

Jay

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Subject: Union Springs ... 6 Sandhills
From: John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:12:34 -0400
3/25/17   6 Sandhill cranes flew NE directly over our house at 4:20 
p.m.. Guess I might call them a "yard bird" first as well as FOY for me!

Yesterday the Cayuga Lake waters seen from Frontenac Park were well 
dotted with the usual ducks & a few Canadas.

I saw close to 40 Am. wigeon fly from the lake to land in the park where 
they eagerly began "grazing" on the  grass. The fields, finally devoid 
of snow up behind our house, east of the lake, had MANY Canadas.

Mill pond had 3 buffles yesterday ... one male & 2 squabbling females.

How nice it is to see the yellowing of the gold finches & the arrival of 
more house finches at our feeders each day.

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From: bob mcguire <bmcguire AT clarityconnect.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:29:43 -0400
Lots of ducks (and geese) on the move today. I spent a half hour at Myers this 
morning. Salmon Creek is high, with thick, chocolaty water. Killdeer calling in 
the background and a small number of gulls still around. But mainly I noticed 
ducks flying up the lake. One group of 5 BLACK SCOTERS. Several groups of 
BUFFLEHEADS. One group of 6 NORTHERN PINTAIL. A V of Snow Geese, and multiple 
flocks of Canadas. 


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Subject: Re: Beebe Lake Northern Pintail
From: Asher Hockett <veery715 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:51:16 -0400
That seems like a very unusual spot for that bird.

On Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 2:40 PM, Karen Steffy  wrote:

> There is currently (2:30 pm) a Northern Pintail wading in the shallow area
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From: Bill Mcaneny <bmcaneny1 AT fltg.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:11:35 -0400
Not all the Snows are heading for the corn fields.  About an hour ago
several well-formed Vees flew fairly high over our place heading due north.
On the move?.

 

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Subject: Drumming
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:10:31 -0400
The ground is still mostly snow-covered here in the wooded hills above West 
Danby, but I just heard a Ruffed Grouse drumming down in the ravine below my 
house. 


The day before yesterday, while at work in my shop, I heard scrabbling noises 
under the eaves, lighter than squirrels, and differently patterned than a 
rummaging titmouse or a Carolina Wren. I looked out the glass in time to see a 
small weasel (short-tailed female ermine?) come around the corner and up the 
handrail, to within three feet of me. Tradition says "bad luck", but I was 
thrilled to see this ferociously cute little predator out on the prowl! 


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Subject: Weather Radar and Migration
From: Peter <psaracin AT rochester.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:04:32 -0400
Dave(s) Nutter and Nicosia.

Thanks for the help concerning radar and migration.

In my search I also found this site, and I hope it can be of use to some 
folks; it has the National Doppler Radar Sites available at one click of 
a mouse...

https://radar.weather.gov

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Subject: W-C Sparrow
From: Bill Mcaneny <bmcaneny1 AT fltg.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:16:59 -0400
The only sign we have of a fallout is a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW under the
feeder.  Also a second Song Sparrow in the same place.

For Donna, the huge flight of Snow Geese from the cornfields flew down to
the lake about 10 minutes ago.  They were headed towards the power plant but
you should be able to see their raft(s) from your place.

 

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Subject: old and new birds
From: Bard Prentiss <bvanwoert13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:26:39 -0400

Hi,
This has been a better than average year for feeder and yard birds at my house. 
I have both sexes of red bellied, downy and hairy woodpeckers and a female 
pileated, several rb and wb nuthatches. A white throated sparrow and a brown 
creeper that show up daily along with chickadees, bluejays, modos, d e Juncos, 
e starlings, n. cardinals, etc.. An a. crow frequently cleans up the scraps 
under the suet feeder. Recently, common grackles are infrequent visitors. In 
January a coopers hawk took a modo from the ground below a feeder. This week I 
added a cedar waxwing and an a. robin both whom must have been attracted by the 
feeder flock. This morning I am watching a small flock of song sparrows and a 
single fox sparrow. My first in yeaofrs. 


Bard

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Dryden, NY 13053
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Subject: Black Vulture
From: Marc Devokaitis <mdevokaitis AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:16:27 -0400
One soaring with a TUVU over downtown Trumansburg around 5:00pm today.

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Subject: Tree Swallows and Sandhill Cranes at Northern Montezuma WMA
From: Chris Lajewski <lajewskic AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:19:29 +0000 (UTC)
I led a tour of Northern Montezuma WMA for 11 great folks Thursday afternoon. 
The highlights were at the Morgan Rd. marshes in Savannah...2 Tree Swallows 
(first of the season), 5 Bald Eagles, dozens of Tundra Swans, 2 Rough-legged 
Hawks, an American Coot, and small flocks of American Black Ducks, Ring-necked 
Ducks, American Wigeons, Northern Pintails, Mallards, and Green-winged Teal. A 
pair of Sandhill Cranes were seen in a corn field on Savannah-Spring Lake Road 
and on Carncross Rd. Good birding!Chris LajewskiCenter DirectorMontezuma 
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Subject: Migration on radar this evening
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:19:19 -0400
As meteorologist/birder Dave Nicosia predicted, it looks like birds are on 
their way tonight. Binghamton, State College PA, & Sterling VA all show that 
telltale huge fuzzy blossom centered on the radar site. 

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Subject: Re: Migration on radar this evening
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:10:38 -0400
As the rain hits before dawn there may even be a bit of fallout. I wish I had 
the day off to see what birds are out there. 

--Dave Nutter

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Subject: Re: URGENT ALERT: Dodge Rd Spruce Woods may be cut down for massive Solar Farm on Dodge rd, STARTING in APRIL !!
From: Lea LSF <leaelleseff AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:56:18 -0400
HI all,
In general I am a lurker on this list that benefits from all the wonderful
learning I get to do via this listserv. Thank you everyone who posts!

We are having a discussion right on on the Village of Freeville listserv
regarding a proposed solar farm next to Willow Glen Cemetery. There are so
many sensitive issues to consider both at that location and Dodge Woods,
still I urge folks to show up to the Dryden Town Board meetings and listen
to the concerns and opinions of others and to voice their own- the dates
and times are listed below. My main concern was that not many people knew
about this issue since the language used in disseminated materials used
something along the lines of protest a Power Generating Plant, an omission
that I felt came with detrimental outcomes. In fact when I wrote my email
to the village many responded privately saying thank you, and that they did
not know about this proposal for large scale solar in Dryden.

I would like to leave you with a little bit of my perspective and linking
to an online document

 

that might be of use to other folks out there who wish to leave their
concerns, pros, cons, etc with the Dryden Town Board.

My opinion- I greatly respect the people that are willing to speak up for
what they believe in now, and for people that are willing to stand up and
work across generations, inter-politically, and across other divides for
solutions that we all need now. Solar is the number one solution for our
energy crisis currently. *We said no to fracking.* If we say no to solar
now the next time fracking corps come through nobody will have the fight
left in them to stand up to them.  How could we fight next time when we
would clearly know that we cannot follow through with solutions, that we
are after all only NIMBYists?  How would a hydraulic fracking operation
look next to Willow Glen Cemetery, or the woods at Dodge Rd?  Maybe a giant
plant next to a cemetery is not the best idea? Perhaps we can use a screen
to shield the view if there are so many concerns about that? Are there
other places where we can do this? One worry though is that we will say no
to one location after the other, and that this is no time to waver on our
commitment to sustainable energy sources.

Please voice your concerns to the town board via this google form

 

soon as they are trying to make a decision soon, by March 30th I believe or
come to one of these meetings. Even if you have concerns regarding these
specific locations please let the town board that you support solar in
Dryden (that is if you do). Currently there are no regulations or laws in
Dryden about solar and this is an opportunity to weigh in and do this
right. I'd feel much differently about this community if we said no to
solar after we said to to fracking.

And if you are a Dryden resident come to a meeting at the Dryden Town Hall


*March 23 at 7 pm (today)*
*March 30 at 7 pm *



Thank you for your time,
Lea Elleseff

On Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 8:47 PM, Gary Kohlenberg  wrote:

> I imagine this new solar farm will be leased by Cornell, but built /
> maintained by a third party just like the one at the airport. For the solar
> company low installation cost will be the driving factor. Many separate
> panels all over campus installed by Cornell wouldn't be as cost effective
> and CU would have to maintain them.
> The PSC got rid of net metering for residential solar this week so I
> suspect individual homeowner installation will become less desirable even
> as it has also been moving to leased systems.
>
> Gary
>
> On Mar 22, 2017, at 3:22 PM, Melanie Uhlir  wrote:
>
> I wish all parking lots had solar panels over them. It would be win-win
> since it would shade the parking lots and they are giant heat-generators
> and wasted space anyway. Put solar panels on top of malls too. On top of
> hospitals, industrial buildings, schools. There are lots of non-habitat
> spaces solar panels ought to go instead of places that support wildlife.
> Why is that not happening?
>
> (yard bird news: I still had 2 Fox Sparrows visiting as of yesterday. I
> haven't seen them today.)
>
> On 3/21/2017 5:40 PM, Dave Nutter wrote:
>
> If the goal is to reduce greenhouse gas production, then cutting down
> trees
> is counterproductive when installing solar panels. Also cutting trees down
> if they
> are just along the edge of the array makes little sense because the great
> majority
> of solar energy is during the middle of the day, not early morning nor
> late afternoon.
>
> Putting solar panels in places that are just creating heat islands, not
> habitats, makes
> lots of sense. Put them on rooftops. Put them over parking lots. Put them
> on lawns
> that were already getting mowed. That's why home solar is great, but
> industrial scale
> makes problems. Those fields that are being replaced as solar "farms"
> (cute name)
> will still get rain and have seeds blow in. How will succession be
> blocked? Poisons?
>
> If Cornell first decided to put solar panels on all its rooftops and over
> all its parking
> lots, then over, say, the Ag Quad, and had run out places where they could
> put solar
> panels without being destructive, I'd be more supportive. I think that
> grove is pretty
> special, having seen several Long-eared Owls and a Northern Saw-whet Owl
> there.
>
> --Dave Nutter
>
> On Mar 20, 2017, at 12:18 PM, marsha kardon  wrote:
>
> Please consider this in your efforts to minimize your contribution to
> climate change:
>
> Rearing cattle produces more greenhouse gases than driving cars, UN report
> warns
> 6.3K Share
>
>  Print 
>
> 29 November 2006 – Cattle-rearing generates more global warming greenhouse
> gases, as measured in CO2 equivalent, than transportation, and smarter
> production methods, including improved animal diets to reduce enteric
> fermentation and consequent methane emissions, are urgently needed, according
> to  a new
> United Nations report released today.
>
> “Livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today’s most
> serious environmental problems,” senior UN Food and Agriculture
> Organization (FAO) official Henning Steinfeld said. “Urgent action is
> required to remedy the situation.”
>
> Cattle-rearing is also a major source of land and water degradation,
> according to the FAO report, Livestock’s Long Shadow–Environmental Issues
> and Options
> ,
> of which Mr. Steinfeld is the senior author.
>
> “The environmental costs per unit of livestock production must be cut by
> one half, just to avoid the level of damage worsening beyond its present
> level,” it warns.
>
> When emissions from land use and land use change are included, the
> livestock sector accounts for 9 per cent of CO2 deriving from human-related
> activities, but produces a much larger share of even more harmful
> greenhouse gases. It generates 65 per cent of human-related nitrous oxide,
> which has 296 times the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of CO2. Most of this
> comes from manure.
>
> And it accounts for respectively 37 per cent of all human-induced methane
> (23 times as warming as CO2), which is largely produced by the digestive
> system of ruminants, and 64 per cent of ammonia, which contributes
> significantly to acid rain.
>
> With increased prosperity, people are consuming more meat and dairy
> products every year, the report notes. Global meat production is projected
> to more than double from 229 million tonnes in 1999/2001 to 465 million
> tonnes in 2050, while milk output is set to climb from 580 to 1043 million
> tonnes.
>
> The global livestock sector is growing faster than any other agricultural
> sub-sector. It provides livelihoods to about 1.3 billion people and
> contributes about 40 per cent to global agricultural output. For many poor
> farmers in developing countries livestock are also a source of renewable
> energy for draft and an essential source of organic fertilizer for their
> crops.
>
> Livestock now use 30 per cent of the earth’s entire land surface, mostly
> permanent pasture but also including 33 per cent of the global arable land
> used to producing feed for livestock, the report notes. As forests are
> cleared to create new pastures, it is a major driver of deforestation,
> especially in Latin America where, for example, some 70 per cent of former
> forests in the Amazon have been turned over to grazing.
>
> At the same time herds cause wide-scale land degradation, with about 20
> per cent of pastures considered degraded through overgrazing, compaction
> and erosion. This figure is even higher in the drylands where inappropriate
> policies and inadequate livestock management contribute to advancing
> desertification.
>
> The livestock business is among the most damaging sectors to the earth’s
> increasingly scarce water resources, contributing among other things to
> water pollution from animal wastes, antibiotics and hormones, chemicals
> from tanneries, fertilizers and the pesticides used to spray feed crops.
>
> Beyond improving animal diets, proposed remedies to the multiple problems
> include soil conservation methods together with controlled livestock
> exclusion from sensitive areas; setting up biogas plant initiatives to
> recycle manure; improving efficiency of irrigation systems; and introducing
> full-cost pricing for water together with taxes to discourage large-scale
> livestock concentration close to cities.
>
> On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 11:55 AM, Martha Fischer  wrote:
>
>> Dear All -
>>
>> Please make a commitment to USE LESS ENERGY.
>>
>>         Turn off lights that are not being used.
>>
>>         Reduce your use of the clothes dryer and other conveniences.
>>
>>         Accept inconvenience.
>>
>> And then let¹s have this discussion.
>>
>> Take care,
>>
>> Martha Fischer
>> Town of Enfield
>>
>> On 3/20/17, 9:48 AM, "bounce-121351030-3494015 AT list.cornell.edu on behalf
>> of Nari Mistry" > nbm2 AT cornell.edu> wrote:
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>> >There is urgent need for lovers of birds and wildlife along Dodge Rd. to
>> >be aware of imminent developments along Dodge Rd.
>> >
>> >The massive industrial scale solar farm proposed in all the Cornell
>> >owned fields along Dodge Rd and Stevenson Rd (as well as Turkey Hill
>> >Rd.) is planning to start construction in a few weeks.  There was a
>> >hearing in Dryden last Thursday at which many residents spoke out
>> >against the massive scale of the project which will devastate wildlife
>> >habitat.
>> >
>> >We have just learned this morning from a member of the Dryden
>> >Conservation Board that they are proposing to cut down the Spruce Woods
>> >bordering the WEST side of Dodge Rd. because they will shadow the panels
>> >slated to go right along the very edge of Dodge R. next to a
>> >(barbed-wire topped) fence!
>> >
>> >If you are concerned about this assault and the effect of replacing all
>> >the grassland in the fields with sod under the panels (and
>> >herbicides???), please write immediately to the Dryden Town Board and
>> >ATTEND THE PLANNING BOARD MEETING  scheduled on THIS Thursday March 23,
>> >at 7pm at the Dryden Town Hall on Main Street.
>> >
>> >Please express your opinion that may help reduce the scale of this
>> >commercial operation that will devastate wildlife in this favorite
>> >location for viewing wildlife!
>> >
>> >  Nari & Gin Mistry
>> >
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From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:23:34 -0400
Today I drove from Ithaca to Montezuma NWR & back on the west side of Cayuga 
Lake. Notable Snow Goose sightings included: 


Around 11am flocks of hundreds in lines and vees over Covert flying east toward 
the lake. 


Around 5pm hundreds covering and grazing on the sheep pasture beside NYS-89 
between Schuyler Creek and the Varick-Fayette Townline Road. They were nibbling 
grass, not rooting in corn. 


Quite a few moderate-size rafts on Cayuga Lake fairly close to the west shore 
as I drove south in the evening. I did not notice the single giant raft in the 
middle of the lake which I consider typical. 


I also recall that on 25 February, when Gary, Ann, & I went to Oswego to see 
the Clark's Grebe, we saw thousands of Snow Geese migrating north to, then 
northeast around Lake Ontario. I assume this was the exit of a big portion of 
the Cayuga Basin's first big wave of Snow Geese. I think we may have a 
different and smaller group now from a more recent wave. 


--Dave Nutter



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> On Mar 23, 2017, at 11:11 AM, Bill Mcaneny  wrote:
> 
> Not all the Snows are heading for the corn fields. About an hour ago several 
well-formed Vees flew fairly high over our place heading due north. On the 
move?. 

>  
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Subject: Beebe Lake Northern Pintail
From: Karen Steffy <ks247 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:40:15 +0000
There is currently (2:30 pm) a Northern Pintail wading in the shallow area on 
the left of the falls/dam on Beebe lake (Cornell University). 


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Subject: Re:Snow Geese 3
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:34:32 +0000
Hard to tell for sure, but it looks like some Snow Geese that flew west a hour 
or more ago, are returning to & landing in the large flock that remains on the 
lake. 

This flock took flight a few times, flew a little to north, & landed again each 
time, so now they are in lake, west of, right across from, my abode at 535 
Lans. Stat. Rd. 


Donna Scott
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On Mar 23, 2017, at 9:25 AM, Donna Lee Scott 
> wrote: 


4 of 5 rafts flew over west shore in many directions awhile ago.
Largest, southern-most raft of Snow Geese I can see from my yard, is still on 
water. 


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Lansing
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Subject: Re: Mucklands
From: Peter <psaracin AT rochester.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:46:17 -0400
Hi.

I drove by just yesterday around 6 pm as part of the raptor survey at 
Montezuma Refuge.....the spot is snow and ice still.

Lots of snow geese in the area (northern part of the basin)....just not 
there..............................at least yesterday.

Pete Sar


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Subject: Re: Free Audubon Guide (not the app)
From: Peter <psaracin AT rochester.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:44:46 -0400
Thanks Eben.

Will take a look.

Peter


On 3/22/2017 5:41 PM, Eben McLane wrote:
> This is an interesting site, Peter.
> I suggest consulting it in conjunction with a site like 
> https://www.fs.fed.us/nrs/atlas/ , which has more information 
> connected to modeled shifts in habitat types. Habitat change will come 
> on us more slowly than climate/temperature variables, I’m thinking. 
> The site specifies for trees and birds (not all species of either). 
> The site also is not as “friendly" as the Audubon one: strong 
> map-reading skills, with at least some knowledge of research modeling 
> techniques, will be helpful. Anyway, I think these two sites 
> complement each other interestingly.
> Eben
>
>  On Mar 21, 2017, at 10:28 AM, Peter  > wrote:
>
>
>
>
> Folks........go to this site and check out the free audubon guide. As 
> I explored the listing on Magnolia warblers I noticed that as part of 
> the Guide they have a piece on "How climate change could affect this 
> bird's range.....seem to have one for each species...great resource 
> AND free...
> Pete Saracino
>
> The Audubon online *Guide to North American Birds 
> 
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Subject: Re: Mucklands
From: Steve Benedict <whimsy48 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:33:25 -0400
I was at Puddler last night... Raptor survey,. I didn't see any snow geese
at that time.   Flock of Tundra swans was there.

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Subject: Re: URGENT ALERT: Dodge Rd Spruce Woods may be cut down for massive Solar Farm on Dodge rd, STARTING in APRIL !!
From: Gary Kohlenberg <jgk25 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:47:02 +0000
I imagine this new solar farm will be leased by Cornell, but built / maintained 
by a third party just like the one at the airport. For the solar company low 
installation cost will be the driving factor. Many separate panels all over 
campus installed by Cornell wouldn't be as cost effective and CU would have to 
maintain them. 

The PSC got rid of net metering for residential solar this week so I suspect 
individual homeowner installation will become less desirable even as it has 
also been moving to leased systems. 


Gary

On Mar 22, 2017, at 3:22 PM, Melanie Uhlir 
> wrote: 


I wish all parking lots had solar panels over them. It would be win-win since 
it would shade the parking lots and they are giant heat-generators and wasted 
space anyway. Put solar panels on top of malls too. On top of hospitals, 
industrial buildings, schools. There are lots of non-habitat spaces solar 
panels ought to go instead of places that support wildlife. Why is that not 
happening? 


(yard bird news: I still had 2 Fox Sparrows visiting as of yesterday. I haven't 
seen them today.) 


On 3/21/2017 5:40 PM, Dave Nutter wrote:
If the goal is to reduce greenhouse gas production, then cutting down trees
is counterproductive when installing solar panels. Also cutting trees down if 
they 

are just along the edge of the array makes little sense because the great 
majority 

of solar energy is during the middle of the day, not early morning nor late 
afternoon. 


Putting solar panels in places that are just creating heat islands, not 
habitats, makes 

lots of sense. Put them on rooftops. Put them over parking lots. Put them on 
lawns 

that were already getting mowed. That's why home solar is great, but industrial 
scale 

makes problems. Those fields that are being replaced as solar "farms" (cute 
name) 

will still get rain and have seeds blow in. How will succession be blocked? 
Poisons? 


If Cornell first decided to put solar panels on all its rooftops and over all 
its parking 

lots, then over, say, the Ag Quad, and had run out places where they could put 
solar 

panels without being destructive, I'd be more supportive. I think that grove is 
pretty 

special, having seen several Long-eared Owls and a Northern Saw-whet Owl there. 


--Dave Nutter

On Mar 20, 2017, at 12:18 PM, marsha kardon 
> wrote: 


Please consider this in your efforts to minimize your contribution to climate 
change: 


Rearing cattle produces more greenhouse gases than driving cars, UN report 
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29 November 2006 – Cattle-rearing generates more global warming greenhouse 
gases, as measured in CO2 equivalent, than transportation, and smarter 
production methods, including improved animal diets to reduce enteric 
fermentation and consequent methane emissions, are urgently needed, according 
to a new United 
Nations report released today. 


“Livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today’s most 
serious environmental problems,” senior UN Food and Agriculture Organization 
(FAO) official Henning Steinfeld said. “Urgent action is required to remedy 
the situation.” 


Cattle-rearing is also a major source of land and water degradation, according 
to the FAO report, Livestock’s Long Shadow–Environmental Issues and 
Options, 
of which Mr. Steinfeld is the senior author. 


“The environmental costs per unit of livestock production must be cut by one 
half, just to avoid the level of damage worsening beyond its present level,” 
it warns. 


When emissions from land use and land use change are included, the livestock 
sector accounts for 9 per cent of CO2 deriving from human-related activities, 
but produces a much larger share of even more harmful greenhouse gases. It 
generates 65 per cent of human-related nitrous oxide, which has 296 times the 
Global Warming Potential (GWP) of CO2. Most of this comes from manure. 


And it accounts for respectively 37 per cent of all human-induced methane (23 
times as warming as CO2), which is largely produced by the digestive system of 
ruminants, and 64 per cent of ammonia, which contributes significantly to acid 
rain. 


With increased prosperity, people are consuming more meat and dairy products 
every year, the report notes. Global meat production is projected to more than 
double from 229 million tonnes in 1999/2001 to 465 million tonnes in 2050, 
while milk output is set to climb from 580 to 1043 million tonnes. 


The global livestock sector is growing faster than any other agricultural 
sub-sector. It provides livelihoods to about 1.3 billion people and contributes 
about 40 per cent to global agricultural output. For many poor farmers in 
developing countries livestock are also a source of renewable energy for draft 
and an essential source of organic fertilizer for their crops. 


Livestock now use 30 per cent of the earth’s entire land surface, mostly 
permanent pasture but also including 33 per cent of the global arable land used 
to producing feed for livestock, the report notes. As forests are cleared to 
create new pastures, it is a major driver of deforestation, especially in Latin 
America where, for example, some 70 per cent of former forests in the Amazon 
have been turned over to grazing. 


At the same time herds cause wide-scale land degradation, with about 20 per 
cent of pastures considered degraded through overgrazing, compaction and 
erosion. This figure is even higher in the drylands where inappropriate 
policies and inadequate livestock management contribute to advancing 
desertification. 


The livestock business is among the most damaging sectors to the earth’s 
increasingly scarce water resources, contributing among other things to water 
pollution from animal wastes, antibiotics and hormones, chemicals from 
tanneries, fertilizers and the pesticides used to spray feed crops. 


Beyond improving animal diets, proposed remedies to the multiple problems 
include soil conservation methods together with controlled livestock exclusion 
from sensitive areas; setting up biogas plant initiatives to recycle manure; 
improving efficiency of irrigation systems; and introducing full-cost pricing 
for water together with taxes to discourage large-scale livestock concentration 
close to cities. 


On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 11:55 AM, Martha Fischer 
> wrote: 

Dear All -

Please make a commitment to USE LESS ENERGY.

        Turn off lights that are not being used.

        Reduce your use of the clothes dryer and other conveniences.

        Accept inconvenience.

And then let¹s have this discussion.

Take care,

Martha Fischer
Town of Enfield

On 3/20/17, 9:48 AM, 
"bounce-121351030-3494015 AT list.cornell.edu 
on behalf 

of Nari Mistry" 
 
on behalf of 

nbm2 AT cornell.edu> wrote:

>There is urgent need for lovers of birds and wildlife along Dodge Rd. to
>be aware of imminent developments along Dodge Rd.
>
>The massive industrial scale solar farm proposed in all the Cornell
>owned fields along Dodge Rd and Stevenson Rd (as well as Turkey Hill
>Rd.) is planning to start construction in a few weeks.  There was a
>hearing in Dryden last Thursday at which many residents spoke out
>against the massive scale of the project which will devastate wildlife
>habitat.
>
>We have just learned this morning from a member of the Dryden
>Conservation Board that they are proposing to cut down the Spruce Woods
>bordering the WEST side of Dodge Rd. because they will shadow the panels
>slated to go right along the very edge of Dodge R. next to a
>(barbed-wire topped) fence!
>
>If you are concerned about this assault and the effect of replacing all
>the grassland in the fields with sod under the panels (and
>herbicides???), please write immediately to the Dryden Town Board and
>ATTEND THE PLANNING BOARD MEETING  scheduled on THIS Thursday March 23,
>at 7pm at the Dryden Town Hall on Main Street.
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Subject: Snow Geese
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:04:26 +0000
5 long separate rafts w/ 1000s of SNOW GEESE on west side of Cayuga lake 
opposite Lansing Station Rd., Lansing, 8 AM. 


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From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:25:08 +0000
4 of 5 rafts flew over west shore in many directions awhile ago.
Largest, southern-most raft of Snow Geese I can see from my yard, is still on 
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From: Mary Jane Thomas <mjbt40 AT jt-mj.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:34:39 -0400
Hi -

Has anyone been to the Mucklands recently and, if so, are there many Snow Geese 
there? 


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Subject: Re: Mucklands
From: Janet Akin <jakin AT rochester.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:05:03 -0400
I did the Raptor Survey last night and saw no snow geese in the Mucklands. In 
the Morgan Rd area Tundra swans and Sandhill cranes were seen. As of last night 
most areas were still frozen and snow covered. There was a nice variety of 
waterfowl at the Cayuga Lake State Park boat launch. Janet Akin 

From: Steve Benedict 
Sent: Thursday, March 23, 2017 5:33 AM
To: Mary Jane Thomas 
Cc: cayuga birds LIST 

Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mucklands

I was at Puddler last night... Raptor survey,. I didn't see any snow geese at 
that time. Flock of Tundra swans was there. 


On Mar 22, 2017 7:35 PM, "Mary Jane Thomas"  wrote:

  Hi -

 Has anyone been to the Mucklands recently and, if so, are there many Snow 
Geese there? 


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Subject: Re: URGENT ALERT: Dodge Rd Spruce Woods may be cut down for massive Solar Farm on Dodge rd, STARTING in APRIL !!
From: Melanie Uhlir <melanie AT mwmu.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:21:24 -0400
I wish all parking lots had solar panels over them. It would be win-win 
since it would shade the parking lots and they are giant heat-generators 
and wasted space anyway. Put solar panels on top of malls too. On top of 
hospitals, industrial buildings, schools. There are lots of non-habitat 
spaces solar panels ought to go instead of places that support wildlife. 
Why is that not happening?

(yard bird news: I still had 2 Fox Sparrows visiting as of yesterday. I 
haven't seen them today.)

On 3/21/2017 5:40 PM, Dave Nutter wrote:
> If the goal is to reduce greenhouse gas production, then cutting down 
> trees
> is counterproductive when installing solar panels. Also cutting trees 
> down if they
> are just along the edge of the array makes little sense because the 
> great majority
> of solar energy is during the middle of the day, not early morning nor 
> late afternoon.
>
> Putting solar panels in places that are just creating heat islands, 
> not habitats, makes
> lots of sense. Put them on rooftops. Put them over parking lots. Put 
> them on lawns
> that were already getting mowed. That's why home solar is great, but 
> industrial scale
> makes problems. Those fields that are being replaced as solar "farms" 
> (cute name)
> will still get rain and have seeds blow in. How will succession be 
> blocked? Poisons?
>
> If Cornell first decided to put solar panels on all its rooftops and 
> over all its parking
> lots, then over, say, the Ag Quad, and had run out places where they 
> could put solar
> panels without being destructive, I'd be more supportive. I think that 
> grove is pretty
> special, having seen several Long-eared Owls and a Northern Saw-whet 
> Owl there.
>
> --Dave Nutter
>
> On Mar 20, 2017, at 12:18 PM, marsha kardon  > wrote:
>
>> Please consider this in your efforts to minimize your contribution to 
>> climate change:
>>
>>
>>         Rearing cattle produces more greenhouse gases than driving
>>         cars, UN report warns
>>
>> 6.3K Share
>>
>> Print 
>>
>> 29 November 2006 – Cattle-rearing generates more global warming 
>> greenhouse gases, as measured in CO2 equivalent, than transportation, 
>> and smarter production methods, including improved animal diets to 
>> reduce enteric fermentation and consequent methane emissions, are 
>> urgently needed, according to 
>>  a new 
>> United Nations report released today.
>>
>> “Livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today’s 
>> most serious environmental problems,” senior UN Food and Agriculture 
>> Organization (FAO) official Henning Steinfeld said. “Urgent action is 
>> required to remedy the situation.”
>>
>> Cattle-rearing is also a major source of land and water degradation, 
>> according to the FAO report, Livestock’s Long Shadow–Environmental 
>> Issues and Options 
>> , 
>> of which Mr. Steinfeld is the senior author.
>>
>> “The environmental costs per unit of livestock production must be cut 
>> by one half, just to avoid the level of damage worsening beyond its 
>> present level,” it warns.
>>
>> When emissions from land use and land use change are included, the 
>> livestock sector accounts for 9 per cent of CO2 deriving from 
>> human-related activities, but produces a much larger share of even 
>> more harmful greenhouse gases. It generates 65 per cent of 
>> human-related nitrous oxide, which has 296 times the Global Warming 
>> Potential (GWP) of CO2. Most of this comes from manure.
>>
>> And it accounts for respectively 37 per cent of all human-induced 
>> methane (23 times as warming as CO2), which is largely produced by 
>> the digestive system of ruminants, and 64 per cent of ammonia, which 
>> contributes significantly to acid rain.
>>
>> With increased prosperity, people are consuming more meat and dairy 
>> products every year, the report notes. Global meat production is 
>> projected to more than double from 229 million tonnes in 1999/2001 to 
>> 465 million tonnes in 2050, while milk output is set to climb from 
>> 580 to 1043 million tonnes.
>>
>> The global livestock sector is growing faster than any other 
>> agricultural sub-sector. It provides livelihoods to about 1.3 billion 
>> people and contributes about 40 per cent to global agricultural 
>> output. For many poor farmers in developing countries livestock are 
>> also a source of renewable energy for draft and an essential source 
>> of organic fertilizer for their crops.
>>
>> Livestock now use 30 per cent of the earth’s entire land surface, 
>> mostly permanent pasture but also including 33 per cent of the global 
>> arable land used to producing feed for livestock, the report notes. 
>> As forests are cleared to create new pastures, it is a major driver 
>> of deforestation, especially in Latin America where, for example, 
>> some 70 per cent of former forests in the Amazon have been turned 
>> over to grazing.
>>
>> At the same time herds cause wide-scale land degradation, with about 
>> 20 per cent of pastures considered degraded through overgrazing, 
>> compaction and erosion. This figure is even higher in the drylands 
>> where inappropriate policies and inadequate livestock management 
>> contribute to advancing desertification.
>>
>> The livestock business is among the most damaging sectors to the 
>> earth’s increasingly scarce water resources, contributing among other 
>> things to water pollution from animal wastes, antibiotics and 
>> hormones, chemicals from tanneries, fertilizers and the pesticides 
>> used to spray feed crops.
>>
>> Beyond improving animal diets, proposed remedies to the multiple 
>> problems include soil conservation methods together with controlled 
>> livestock exclusion from sensitive areas; setting up biogas plant 
>> initiatives to recycle manure; improving efficiency of irrigation 
>> systems; and introducing full-cost pricing for water together with 
>> taxes to discourage large-scale livestock concentration close to cities.
>>
>>
>> On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 11:55 AM, Martha Fischer > > wrote:
>>
>>     Dear All -
>>
>>     Please make a commitment to USE LESS ENERGY.
>>
>>             Turn off lights that are not being used.
>>
>>             Reduce your use of the clothes dryer and other conveniences.
>>
>>             Accept inconvenience.
>>
>>     And then let¹s have this discussion.
>>
>>     Take care,
>>
>>     Martha Fischer
>>     Town of Enfield
>>
>>     On 3/20/17, 9:48 AM, "bounce-121351030-3494015 AT list.cornell.edu
>>      on behalf
>>     of Nari Mistry" >      on behalf of
>>     nbm2 AT cornell.edu > wrote:
>>
>>     >There is urgent need for lovers of birds and wildlife along
>>     Dodge Rd. to
>>     >be aware of imminent developments along Dodge Rd.
>>     >
>>     >The massive industrial scale solar farm proposed in all the Cornell
>>     >owned fields along Dodge Rd and Stevenson Rd (as well as Turkey Hill
>>     >Rd.) is planning to start construction in a few weeks.  There was a
>>     >hearing in Dryden last Thursday at which many residents spoke out
>>     >against the massive scale of the project which will devastate
>>     wildlife
>>     >habitat.
>>     >
>>     >We have just learned this morning from a member of the Dryden
>>     >Conservation Board that they are proposing to cut down the
>>     Spruce Woods
>>     >bordering the WEST side of Dodge Rd. because they will shadow
>>     the panels
>>     >slated to go right along the very edge of Dodge R. next to a
>>     >(barbed-wire topped) fence!
>>     >
>>     >If you are concerned about this assault and the effect of
>>     replacing all
>>     >the grassland in the fields with sod under the panels (and
>>     >herbicides???), please write immediately to the Dryden Town
>>     Board and
>>     >ATTEND THE PLANNING BOARD MEETING  scheduled on THIS Thursday
>>     March 23,
>>     >at 7pm at the Dryden Town Hall on Main Street.
>>     >
>>     >Please express your opinion that may help reduce the scale of this
>>     >commercial operation that will devastate wildlife in this favorite
>>     >location for viewing wildlife!
>>     >
>>     >  Nari & Gin Mistry
>>     >
>>     >  Ellis Hollow rd.
>>     >
>>     >
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Subject: Re: URGENT ALERT: Dodge Rd Spruce Woods may be cut down for massive Solar Farm on Dodge rd, STARTING in APRIL !!
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT mac.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:40:01 -0400
If the goal is to reduce greenhouse gas production, then cutting down trees 
is counterproductive when installing solar panels. Also cutting trees down if 
they 

are just along the edge of the array makes little sense because the great 
majority 

of solar energy is during the middle of the day, not early morning nor late 
afternoon. 


Putting solar panels in places that are just creating heat islands, not 
habitats, makes 

lots of sense. Put them on rooftops. Put them over parking lots. Put them on 
lawns 

that were already getting mowed. That's why home solar is great, but industrial 
scale 

makes problems. Those fields that are being replaced as solar "farms" (cute 
name) 

will still get rain and have seeds blow in. How will succession be blocked? 
Poisons? 


If Cornell first decided to put solar panels on all its rooftops and over all 
its parking 

lots, then over, say, the Ag Quad, and had run out places where they could put 
solar 

panels without being destructive, I'd be more supportive. I think that grove is 
pretty 

special, having seen several Long-eared Owls and a Northern Saw-whet Owl there. 


--Dave Nutter

> On Mar 20, 2017, at 12:18 PM, marsha kardon  wrote:
> 
> Please consider this in your efforts to minimize your contribution to climate 
change: 

> 
> Rearing cattle produces more greenhouse gases than driving cars, UN report 
warns 

> 
> 
> 6.3K
> Share
>  Print
> 
> 29 November 2006 – Cattle-rearing generates more global warming greenhouse 
gases, as measured in CO2 equivalent, than transportation, and smarter 
production methods, including improved animal diets to reduce enteric 
fermentation and consequent methane emissions, are urgently needed, according 
to a new United Nations report released today. 

> 
> “Livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today’s most 
serious environmental problems,” senior UN Food and Agriculture Organization 
(FAO) official Henning Steinfeld said. “Urgent action is required to remedy 
the situation.” 

> 
> Cattle-rearing is also a major source of land and water degradation, 
according to the FAO report, Livestock’s Long Shadow–Environmental Issues 
and Options, of which Mr. Steinfeld is the senior author. 

> 
> “The environmental costs per unit of livestock production must be cut by 
one half, just to avoid the level of damage worsening beyond its present 
level,” it warns. 

> 
> When emissions from land use and land use change are included, the livestock 
sector accounts for 9 per cent of CO2 deriving from human-related activities, 
but produces a much larger share of even more harmful greenhouse gases. It 
generates 65 per cent of human-related nitrous oxide, which has 296 times the 
Global Warming Potential (GWP) of CO2. Most of this comes from manure. 

> 
> And it accounts for respectively 37 per cent of all human-induced methane (23 
times as warming as CO2), which is largely produced by the digestive system of 
ruminants, and 64 per cent of ammonia, which contributes significantly to acid 
rain. 

> 
> With increased prosperity, people are consuming more meat and dairy products 
every year, the report notes. Global meat production is projected to more than 
double from 229 million tonnes in 1999/2001 to 465 million tonnes in 2050, 
while milk output is set to climb from 580 to 1043 million tonnes. 

> 
> The global livestock sector is growing faster than any other agricultural 
sub-sector. It provides livelihoods to about 1.3 billion people and contributes 
about 40 per cent to global agricultural output. For many poor farmers in 
developing countries livestock are also a source of renewable energy for draft 
and an essential source of organic fertilizer for their crops. 

> 
> Livestock now use 30 per cent of the earth’s entire land surface, mostly 
permanent pasture but also including 33 per cent of the global arable land used 
to producing feed for livestock, the report notes. As forests are cleared to 
create new pastures, it is a major driver of deforestation, especially in Latin 
America where, for example, some 70 per cent of former forests in the Amazon 
have been turned over to grazing. 

> 
> At the same time herds cause wide-scale land degradation, with about 20 per 
cent of pastures considered degraded through overgrazing, compaction and 
erosion. This figure is even higher in the drylands where inappropriate 
policies and inadequate livestock management contribute to advancing 
desertification. 

> 
> The livestock business is among the most damaging sectors to the earth’s 
increasingly scarce water resources, contributing among other things to water 
pollution from animal wastes, antibiotics and hormones, chemicals from 
tanneries, fertilizers and the pesticides used to spray feed crops. 

> 
> Beyond improving animal diets, proposed remedies to the multiple problems 
include soil conservation methods together with controlled livestock exclusion 
from sensitive areas; setting up biogas plant initiatives to recycle manure; 
improving efficiency of irrigation systems; and introducing full-cost pricing 
for water together with taxes to discourage large-scale livestock concentration 
close to cities. 

> 
> 
>> On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 11:55 AM, Martha Fischer  wrote:
>> Dear All -
>> 
>> Please make a commitment to USE LESS ENERGY.
>> 
>>         Turn off lights that are not being used.
>> 
>>         Reduce your use of the clothes dryer and other conveniences.
>> 
>>         Accept inconvenience.
>> 
>> And then let¹s have this discussion.
>> 
>> Take care,
>> 
>> Martha Fischer
>> Town of Enfield
>> 
>> On 3/20/17, 9:48 AM, "bounce-121351030-3494015 AT list.cornell.edu on behalf
>> of Nari Mistry" > nbm2 AT cornell.edu> wrote:
>> 
>> >There is urgent need for lovers of birds and wildlife along Dodge Rd. to
>> >be aware of imminent developments along Dodge Rd.
>> >
>> >The massive industrial scale solar farm proposed in all the Cornell
>> >owned fields along Dodge Rd and Stevenson Rd (as well as Turkey Hill
>> >Rd.) is planning to start construction in a few weeks.  There was a
>> >hearing in Dryden last Thursday at which many residents spoke out
>> >against the massive scale of the project which will devastate wildlife
>> >habitat.
>> >
>> >We have just learned this morning from a member of the Dryden
>> >Conservation Board that they are proposing to cut down the Spruce Woods
>> >bordering the WEST side of Dodge Rd. because they will shadow the panels
>> >slated to go right along the very edge of Dodge R. next to a
>> >(barbed-wire topped) fence!
>> >
>> >If you are concerned about this assault and the effect of replacing all
>> >the grassland in the fields with sod under the panels (and
>> >herbicides???), please write immediately to the Dryden Town Board and
>> >ATTEND THE PLANNING BOARD MEETING  scheduled on THIS Thursday March 23,
>> >at 7pm at the Dryden Town Hall on Main Street.
>> >
>> >Please express your opinion that may help reduce the scale of this
>> >commercial operation that will devastate wildlife in this favorite
>> >location for viewing wildlife!
>> >
>> >  Nari & Gin Mistry
>> >
>> >  Ellis Hollow rd.
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
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From: Michele Mannella <mkmannella AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:54:10 -0400
A few weeks ago we heard at least 3 American Woodcocks peenting and
displaying in the brushy field on Mohawk Road (behind the airport). One of
them was close enough to not only see in the air, but also on the ground,
completing the entire display cycle in full view.

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"service road. .

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Subject: A trail from Ithaca to Taughannock Falls
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For those who may not yet know...........

Sounds good for hiking AND birding...

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Subject: A Legend Who Persuaded a Generation to Love Birds, Wild Places and Science Has Passed
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Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:38:59 +0000

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/3/21/1645790/-A-Legend-Who-Persuaded-a-Generation-to-Love-Birds-Wild-Places-and-Science-Has-Passed 


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Subject: Re: URGENT ALERT: Dodge Rd Spruce Woods may be cut down for massive Solar Farm on Dodge rd, STARTING in APRIL !!
From: Sandy Podulka <sgp4 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:13:50 -0400
Dave,

Thanks for this thoughtful discussion. You make 
really good points! --Sandy Podulka

At 05:40 PM 3/21/2017, Dave Nutter wrote:
>If the goal is to reduce greenhouse gas production, then cutting down trees
>is counterproductive when installing solar 
>panels. Also cutting trees down if they
>are just along the edge of the array makes 
>little sense because the great majority
>of solar energy is during the middle of the day, 
>not early morning nor late afternoon.
>
>Putting solar panels in places that are just 
>creating heat islands, not habitats, makes
>lots of sense. Put them on rooftops. Put them 
>over parking lots. Put them on lawns
>that were already getting mowed. That's why home 
>solar is great, but industrial scale
>makes problems. Those fields that are being 
>replaced as solar "farms" (cute name)
>will still get rain and have seeds blow in. How 
>will succession be blocked? Poisons?
>
>If Cornell first decided to put solar panels on 
>all its rooftops and over all its parking
>lots, then over, say, the Ag Quad, and had run 
>out places where they could put solar
>panels without being destructive, I'd be more 
>supportive. I think that grove is pretty
>special, having seen several Long-eared Owls and 
>a Northern Saw-whet Owl there.
>
>--Dave Nutter
>
>On Mar 20, 2017, at 12:18 PM, marsha kardon 
><mfkardon AT gmail.com> wrote:
>
>>Please consider this in your efforts to 
>>minimize your contribution to climate change:
>>
>>
>>
>>Rearing cattle produces more greenhouse gases 
>>than driving cars, UN report warns
>>
>>
>>
>>[]
>>
>>
>>6.3KShare
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>>  Print
>>
>>29 November 2006  Cattle-rearing generates 
>>more global warming greenhouse gasees, as 
>>measured in CO2 equivalent, than 
>>transportation, and smarter production methods, 
>>including improved animal diets to reduce 
>>enteric fermentation and consequent methane 
>>emissions, are urgently needed, 
>>according 
>>to a new United Nations report released today.
>>
>>“Livestock are one of the most significant 
>>contributors to today’s most serious 
>>environmental problems,” senior UN Food and 
>>Agriculture Organization (FAO) official Henning 
>>Steinfeld said. “Urgent action is required to remedy the situation.”
>>
>>Cattle-rearing is also a major source of land 
>>and water degradation, according to the FAO 
>>report, 

>>Livestock’s 

>>Long ShadowEnvironmental Issues and Options, 
>>of which Mr. Stteinfeld is the senior author.
>>
>>“The environmental costs per unit of 
>>livestock production must be cut by one half, 
>>just to avoid the level of damage worsening 
>>beyond its present level,” it warns.
>>
>>When emissions from land use and land use 
>>change are included, the livestock sector 
>>accounts for 9 per cent of CO2 deriving from 
>>human-related activities, but produces a much 
>>larger share of even more harmful greenhouse 
>>gases. It generates 65 per cent of 
>>human-related nitrous oxide, which has 296 
>>times the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of 
>>CO2. Most of this comes from manure.
>>
>>And it accounts for respectively 37 per cent of 
>>all human-induced methane (23 times as warming 
>>as CO2), which is largely produced by the 
>>digestive system of ruminants, and 64 per cent 
>>of ammonia, which contributes significantly to acid rain.
>>
>>With increased prosperity, people are consuming 
>>more meat and dairy products every year, the 
>>report notes. Global meat production is 
>>projected to more than double from 229 million 
>>tonnes in 1999/2001 to 465 million tonnes in 
>>2050, while milk output is set to climb from 580 to 1043 million tonnes.
>>
>>The global livestock sector is growing faster 
>>than any other agricultural sub-sector. It 
>>provides livelihoods to about 1.3 billion 
>>people and contributes about 40 per cent to 
>>global agricultural output. For many poor 
>>farmers in developing countries livestock are 
>>also a source of renewable energy for draft and 
>>an essential source of organic fertilizer for their crops.
>>
>>Livestock now use 30 per cent of the earth’s 
>>entire land surface, mostly permanent pasture 
>>but also including 33 per cent of the global 
>>arable land used to producing feed for 
>>livestock, the report notes. As forests are 
>>cleared to create new pastures, it is a major 
>>driver of deforestation, especially in Latin 
>>America where, for example, some 70 per cent of 
>>former forests in the Amazon have been turned over to grazing.
>>
>>At the same time herds cause wide-scale land 
>>degradation, with about 20 per cent of pastures 
>>considered degraded through overgrazing, 
>>compaction and erosion. This figure is even 
>>higher in the drylands where inappropriate 
>>policies and inadequate livestock management 
>>contribute to advancing desertification.
>>
>>The livestock business is among the most 
>>damaging sectors to the earth’s increasingly 
>>scarce water resources, contributing among 
>>other things to water pollution from animal 
>>wastes, antibiotics and hormones, chemicals 
>>from tanneries, fertilizers and the pesticides used to spray feed crops.
>>
>>Beyond improving animal diets, proposed 
>>remedies to the multiple problems include soil 
>>conservation methods together with controlled 
>>livestock exclusion from sensitive areas; 
>>setting up biogas plant initiatives to recycle 
>>manure; improving efficiency of irrigation 
>>systems; and introducing full-cost pricing for 
>>water together with taxes to discourage 
>>large-scale livestock concentration close to cities.
>>
>>On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 11:55 AM, Martha 
>>Fischer <mf26 AT cornell.edu> wrote:
>>Dear All -
>>
>>Please make a commitment to USE LESS ENERGY.
>>
>>         Turn off lights that are not being used.
>>
>>         Reduce your use of the clothes dryer and other conveniences.
>>
>>         Accept inconvenience.
>>
>>And then let¹s have this discussion.
>>
>>Take care,
>>
>>Martha Fischer
>>Town of Enfield
>>
>>On 3/20/17, 9:48 AM, 

>>"bounce-121351030-3494015 AT list.cornell.edu 

>>on behalf
>>of Nari Mistry" 

>><bounce-121351030-3494015 AT list.cornell.edu 

>>on behalf of
>>nbm2 AT cornell.edu> wrote:
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>> >There is urgent need for lovers of birds and wildlife along Dodge Rd. to
>> >be aware of imminent developments along Dodge Rd.
>> >
>> >The massive industrial scale solar farm proposed in all the Cornell
>> >owned fields along Dodge Rd and Stevenson Rd (as well as Turkey Hill
>> >Rd.) is planning to start construction in a few weeks.  There was a
>> >hearing in Dryden last Thursday at which many residents spoke out
>> >against the massive scale of the project which will devastate wildlife
>> >habitat.
>> >
>> >We have just learned this morning from a member of the Dryden
>> >Conservation Board that they are proposing to cut down the Spruce Woods
>> >bordering the WEST side of Dodge Rd. because they will shadow the panels
>> >slated to go right along the very edge of Dodge R. next to a
>> >(barbed-wire topped) fence!
>> >
>> >If you are concerned about this assault and the effect of replacing all
>> >the grassland in the fields with sod under the panels (and
>> >herbicides???), please write immediately to the Dryden Town Board and
>> >ATTEND THE PLANNING BOARD MEETING  scheduled on THIS Thursday March 23,
>> >at 7pm at the Dryden Town Hall on Main Street.
>> >
>> >Please express your opinion that may help reduce the scale of this
>> >commercial operation that will devastate wildlife in this favorite
>> >location for viewing wildlife!
>> >
>> >  Nari & Gin Mistry
>> >
>> >  Ellis Hollow rd.
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Subject: GB HERON
From: Bill Mcaneny <bmcaneny1 AT fltg.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:37:13 -0400
Shirley and I just got back from a trip up the west side of the lake.  We
talked about the improbability of seeing a GREAT BLUE HERON since we
couldn't remember any having been reported yet.  On the way south, we
stopped at Wolffy's for coffee and homemade carrot cake, Very good! And we
got a scoop of vanilla with it.  About 100 yds south of Wolffy's, there it
was---a GBH standing in a little pool surrounded by rushes.

We had expected to see thousands of snow geese, but only saw two modest
rafts, a modest sized flyover, and a modest flock in a cornfield.  There was
a scattering of ducks at the north end with a dozen different species.  The
best bird, however, after the GBH was a N. HARRIER near the visitor center
at Montezuma.  It drifted very slowly over the pavement right in front of
us. A beautiful day for birding.

 

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Subject: Re: URGENT ALERT: Dodge Rd Spruce Woods may be cut down for massive Solar Farm on Dodge rd, STARTING in APRIL !!
From: Tobias Dean <tdean10 AT twcny.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:29:31 +0000
I am not sure if the admins of this list want this subject covered here but
I can't embrace this viewpoint. Small patches of woods are constantly being
cut for residential development without the benefit of providing clean
energy. Cornell owns these woods I presume.
     I don't have any more details than provided here so perhaps I don't
have the full story. We can continue to get our energy from far away which
involve fracking or coal burning and I think all birders agree these have
an enormous impact on wildlife.
      Or we can learn to tolerate this kind of development.
      Interestingly I just noticed some local resistance to a solar farm
proposed adjacent to a rural cemetery out Groton/Cortland way.


On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 9:48 AM Nari Mistry  wrote:

> There is urgent need for lovers of birds and wildlife along Dodge Rd. to
> be aware of imminent developments along Dodge Rd.
>
> The massive industrial scale solar farm proposed in all the Cornell
> owned fields along Dodge Rd and Stevenson Rd (as well as Turkey Hill
> Rd.) is planning to start construction in a few weeks.  There was a
> hearing in Dryden last Thursday at which many residents spoke out
> against the massive scale of the project which will devastate wildlife
> habitat.
>
> We have just learned this morning from a member of the Dryden
> Conservation Board that they are proposing to cut down the Spruce Woods
> bordering the WEST side of Dodge Rd. because they will shadow the panels
> slated to go right along the very edge of Dodge R. next to a
> (barbed-wire topped) fence!
>
> If you are concerned about this assault and the effect of replacing all
> the grassland in the fields with sod under the panels (and
> herbicides???), please write immediately to the Dryden Town Board and
> ATTEND THE PLANNING BOARD MEETING  scheduled on THIS Thursday March 23,
> at 7pm at the Dryden Town Hall on Main Street.
>
> Please express your opinion that may help reduce the scale of this
> commercial operation that will devastate wildlife in this favorite
> location for viewing wildlife!
>
>   Nari & Gin Mistry
>
>   Ellis Hollow  Rd
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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:17:25 +0000 (UTC)
*  New York*  Syracuse   
   - March 20 2017
*  NYSY  03.20.17 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):March 13, 2017 - 
March 20, 2017to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate NY 
counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands 
Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, 
Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortlandcompiled: March 13  AT 4 p.m. 
(EDT)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: 
www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for 
the week of March 13, 2017. 

Highlights--------------
THAYER’S GULLGLAUCOUS GULLICELAND GULLNORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLGREAT GRAY OWL 
(Extralimital)FISH CROWBOHEMIAN WAXWINGYELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERLAPLAND LONGSPUR 


Montezuma National Wildlife Complex (MNWC) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex 
(MWC)------------ 

     Most of the water in the complex is frozen or snow covered and little 
in the way of waterfowl was reported this week. a beautiful dark ROUGH-LEGGED 
HAWK was photographed near Wilgoose field on Rt.89. 


Onondaga county------------
     A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL continues to be seen on the Bog Trail at Beaver 
Lake Nature Center west of Baldwinsville. 


Derby Hill------------
     Another disappointing week at Derby with only 52 Hawks counted. The 
highlight of the week was a single BOHEMIAN WAXWING on 3/18. 


Oswego county------------
     A juvenile THAYER’S GULL continues to be seen at Phoenix. It is best 
seen from Hanley Park  on State Street.    3/17: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen 
on Atkinson Road East of Selkirk Shores State Park. A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen in 
Oswego at Lock 6.     3/20: 5 ICELAND GULLS were seen in Phoenix. A 
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was seen on Miner Road in the Town of Scriba. 


Oneida County------------
     3/20: 2 FISH CROWS were seen on Black River Boulevard in Rome.

Extralimital------------
     GREAT GRAY OWL sightings continued this week up to and including 
yesterday on Barnhard Island Road at Robert Moses State Park inn Massena, St. 
Lawrence county and in Keene on Lime Kiln Road, Essex County. 

  

-end report 
    
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Subject: Free Audubon Guide (not the app)
From: Peter <psaracin AT rochester.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:28:49 -0400


Folks........go to this site and check out the free audubon guide. As I 
explored the listing on Magnolia warblers I noticed that as part of the 
Guide they have a piece on "How climate change could affect this bird's 
range.....seem to have one for each species...great resource AND free...
Pete Saracino

The Audubon online *Guide to North American Birds 

* 

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Subject: Re: URGENT ALERT: Dodge Rd Spruce Woods may be cut down for massive Solar Farm on Dodge rd, STARTING in APRIL !!
From: <tess AT fltg.net>
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:58:00 -0400
Well, we always turn off lights not being used - and more importantly we 
have switched over to LED lights pretty much all through the house.  We 
hang almost all of our laundry up to dry.  We keep our thermostat very 
/very/ low all winter and do not have air conditioning.  We have no 
'instant on' energy vampires (hey, Martha, you forgot that one!).  Can I 
chime in now?

Nari said the spruces are being chopped down because they will shade 
some of the panels.  I'm wondering how many spruces need to be 
sacrificed if that is the reason.  Couldn't the westernmost 50' of 
panels be omitted, or only the spruce trees necessary to minimize the 
most damaging shade be cut?  I'm not familiar with the lay of the land 
there but why is this an all or nothing proposition?
Plus, if existing grasslands are being converted to solar panel use, is 
this an opportunity to get Cornell to commit to managing a different 
tract that they own so as to maximize its attractiveness to Bobolinks, 
Meadowlarks, Grasshopper Sparrows, and Harriers?
Wind farms and solar farms need large tracts of undeveloped land. So do 
many species of animals, including birds, and undeveloped land presently 
used by these species always will be the cheapest & easiest place to 
site clean energy projects.  It is irresponsible to say that all large 
tracts should be protected as habitat but it is equally irresponsible 
not to look for ways to preserve what we can of existing habitat within 
these projects, and even insist on the creation of new habitat nearby 
when that is impossible, including habitat for non-endangered species 
(also known as pre-endangered species).  If _we_ don't ask for 
modifications to be put in place to preserve habitat then who will?

Alicia



On 3/20/2017 11:55 AM, Martha Fischer wrote:
> Dear All -
>
> Please make a commitment to USE LESS ENERGY.
>
> 	Turn off lights that are not being used.
>
> 	Reduce your use of the clothes dryer and other conveniences.
>
> 	Accept inconvenience.
>
> And then lets have this discussion.
>
> Take care,
>
> Martha Fischer
> Town of Enfield
>
> On 3/20/17, 9:48 AM,"bounce-121351030-3494015 AT list.cornell.edu on behalf of 
Nari Mistry"  wrote: 

>
>> There is urgent need for lovers of birds and wildlife along Dodge Rd. to
>> be aware of imminent developments along Dodge Rd.
>>
>> The massive industrial scale solar farm proposed in all the Cornell
>> owned fields along Dodge Rd and Stevenson Rd (as well as Turkey Hill
>> Rd.) is planning to start construction in a few weeks.  There was a
>> hearing in Dryden last Thursday at which many residents spoke out
>> against the massive scale of the project which will devastate wildlife
>> habitat.
>>
>> We have just learned this morning from a member of the Dryden
>> Conservation Board that they are proposing to cut down the Spruce Woods
>> bordering the WEST side of Dodge Rd. because they will shadow the panels
>> slated to go right along the very edge of Dodge R. next to a
>> (barbed-wire topped) fence!
>>
>> If you are concerned about this assault and the effect of replacing all
>> the grassland in the fields with sod under the panels (and
>> herbicides???), please write immediately to the Dryden Town Board and
>> ATTEND THE PLANNING BOARD MEETING  scheduled on THIS Thursday March 23,
>> at 7pm at the Dryden Town Hall on Main Street.
>>
>> Please express your opinion that may help reduce the scale of this
>> commercial operation that will devastate wildlife in this favorite
>> location for viewing wildlife!
>>
>>   Nari & Gin Mistry
>>
>>   Ellis Hollow rd.
>>
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Subject: Re: URGENT ALERT: Dodge Rd Spruce Woods may be cut down for massive Solar Farm on Dodge rd, STARTING in APRIL !!
From: marsha kardon <mfkardon AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:18:29 -0400
Please consider this in your efforts to minimize your contribution to
climate change:

Rearing cattle produces more greenhouse gases than driving cars, UN report
warns

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29 November 2006 – Cattle-rearing generates more global warming greenhouse
gases, as measured in CO2 equivalent, than transportation, and smarter
production methods, including improved animal diets to reduce enteric
fermentation and consequent methane emissions, are urgently needed, according
to  a new
United Nations report released today.

“Livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today’s most
serious environmental problems,” senior UN Food and Agriculture
Organization (FAO) official Henning Steinfeld said. “Urgent action is
required to remedy the situation.”

Cattle-rearing is also a major source of land and water degradation,
according to the FAO report, Livestock’s Long Shadow–Environmental Issues
and Options
, of
which Mr. Steinfeld is the senior author.

“The environmental costs per unit of livestock production must be cut by
one half, just to avoid the level of damage worsening beyond its present
level,” it warns.

When emissions from land use and land use change are included, the
livestock sector accounts for 9 per cent of CO2 deriving from human-related
activities, but produces a much larger share of even more harmful
greenhouse gases. It generates 65 per cent of human-related nitrous oxide,
which has 296 times the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of CO2. Most of this
comes from manure.

And it accounts for respectively 37 per cent of all human-induced methane
(23 times as warming as CO2), which is largely produced by the digestive
system of ruminants, and 64 per cent of ammonia, which contributes
significantly to acid rain.

With increased prosperity, people are consuming more meat and dairy
products every year, the report notes. Global meat production is projected
to more than double from 229 million tonnes in 1999/2001 to 465 million
tonnes in 2050, while milk output is set to climb from 580 to 1043 million
tonnes.

The global livestock sector is growing faster than any other agricultural
sub-sector. It provides livelihoods to about 1.3 billion people and
contributes about 40 per cent to global agricultural output. For many poor
farmers in developing countries livestock are also a source of renewable
energy for draft and an essential source of organic fertilizer for their
crops.

Livestock now use 30 per cent of the earth’s entire land surface, mostly
permanent pasture but also including 33 per cent of the global arable land
used to producing feed for livestock, the report notes. As forests are
cleared to create new pastures, it is a major driver of deforestation,
especially in Latin America where, for example, some 70 per cent of former
forests in the Amazon have been turned over to grazing.

At the same time herds cause wide-scale land degradation, with about 20 per
cent of pastures considered degraded through overgrazing, compaction and
erosion. This figure is even higher in the drylands where inappropriate
policies and inadequate livestock management contribute to advancing
desertification.

The livestock business is among the most damaging sectors to the earth’s
increasingly scarce water resources, contributing among other things to
water pollution from animal wastes, antibiotics and hormones, chemicals
from tanneries, fertilizers and the pesticides used to spray feed crops.

Beyond improving animal diets, proposed remedies to the multiple problems
include soil conservation methods together with controlled livestock
exclusion from sensitive areas; setting up biogas plant initiatives to
recycle manure; improving efficiency of irrigation systems; and introducing
full-cost pricing for water together with taxes to discourage large-scale
livestock concentration close to cities.

On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 11:55 AM, Martha Fischer  wrote:

> Dear All -
>
> Please make a commitment to USE LESS ENERGY.
>
>         Turn off lights that are not being used.
>
>         Reduce your use of the clothes dryer and other conveniences.
>
>         Accept inconvenience.
>
> And then let¹s have this discussion.
>
> Take care,
>
> Martha Fischer
> Town of Enfield
>
> On 3/20/17, 9:48 AM, "bounce-121351030-3494015 AT list.cornell.edu on behalf
> of Nari Mistry"  nbm2 AT cornell.edu> wrote:
>
> >There is urgent need for lovers of birds and wildlife along Dodge Rd. to
> >be aware of imminent developments along Dodge Rd.
> >
> >The massive industrial scale solar farm proposed in all the Cornell
> >owned fields along Dodge Rd and Stevenson Rd (as well as Turkey Hill
> >Rd.) is planning to start construction in a few weeks.  There was a
> >hearing in Dryden last Thursday at which many residents spoke out
> >against the massive scale of the project which will devastate wildlife
> >habitat.
> >
> >We have just learned this morning from a member of the Dryden
> >Conservation Board that they are proposing to cut down the Spruce Woods
> >bordering the WEST side of Dodge Rd. because they will shadow the panels
> >slated to go right along the very edge of Dodge R. next to a
> >(barbed-wire topped) fence!
> >
> >If you are concerned about this assault and the effect of replacing all
> >the grassland in the fields with sod under the panels (and
> >herbicides???), please write immediately to the Dryden Town Board and
> >ATTEND THE PLANNING BOARD MEETING  scheduled on THIS Thursday March 23,
> >at 7pm at the Dryden Town Hall on Main Street.
> >
> >Please express your opinion that may help reduce the scale of this
> >commercial operation that will devastate wildlife in this favorite
> >location for viewing wildlife!
> >
> >  Nari & Gin Mistry
> >
> >  Ellis Hollow rd.
> >
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Subject: Re: URGENT ALERT: Dodge Rd Spruce Woods may be cut down for massive Solar Farm on Dodge rd, STARTING in APRIL !!
From: Martha Fischer <mf26 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:55:57 +0000
Dear All - 

Please make a commitment to USE LESS ENERGY.

	Turn off lights that are not being used.

	Reduce your use of the clothes dryer and other conveniences.

	Accept inconvenience.

And then lets have this discussion.

Take care,

Martha Fischer
Town of Enfield

On 3/20/17, 9:48 AM, "bounce-121351030-3494015 AT list.cornell.edu on behalf
of Nari Mistry"  wrote:

>There is urgent need for lovers of birds and wildlife along Dodge Rd. to
>be aware of imminent developments along Dodge Rd.
>
>The massive industrial scale solar farm proposed in all the Cornell
>owned fields along Dodge Rd and Stevenson Rd (as well as Turkey Hill
>Rd.) is planning to start construction in a few weeks.  There was a
>hearing in Dryden last Thursday at which many residents spoke out
>against the massive scale of the project which will devastate wildlife
>habitat.
>
>We have just learned this morning from a member of the Dryden
>Conservation Board that they are proposing to cut down the Spruce Woods
>bordering the WEST side of Dodge Rd. because they will shadow the panels
>slated to go right along the very edge of Dodge R. next to a
>(barbed-wire topped) fence!
>
>If you are concerned about this assault and the effect of replacing all
>the grassland in the fields with sod under the panels (and
>herbicides???), please write immediately to the Dryden Town Board and
>ATTEND THE PLANNING BOARD MEETING  scheduled on THIS Thursday March 23,
>at 7pm at the Dryden Town Hall on Main Street.
>
>Please express your opinion that may help reduce the scale of this
>commercial operation that will devastate wildlife in this favorite
>location for viewing wildlife!
>
>  Nari & Gin Mistry
>
>  Ellis Hollow rd.
>
>
>
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Subject: Re: URGENT ALERT: Dodge Rd Spruce Woods may be cut down for massive Solar Farm on Dodge rd, STARTING in APRIL !!
From: Jeff Gerbracht <jeffgerbracht AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:36:25 -0400
As someone who believes we MUST reduce fossil fuel usage as quickly as
possible and as someone who frequently goes birding along Dodge Rd., this
is an issue which I personally grapple with.  These woods are utilized by
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Golden-crowned Kinglet, migrating Cape May Warblers
and in the past, Long-eared Owl and on the other hand, the woods are an
artificial monoculture and the proposal seems to me to be removal of a
portion of the woods, not the entire lot.

 Can I say we must use more renewable energy, yet also say, not here.  I
really struggle with this.  Any development will have negative consequences
on a micro scale, but I think the macro scale issues of fossil fuels vs
renewables, in this case, outweigh the micro scale issues of losing a
portion of a spruce woodlot.    If this area were an endangered habitat, i
might feel differently.

My 2 cents,
    Jeff Gerbracht



On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 9:48 AM, Nari Mistry  wrote:

> There is urgent need for lovers of birds and wildlife along Dodge Rd. to
> be aware of imminent developments along Dodge Rd.
>
> The massive industrial scale solar farm proposed in all the Cornell owned
> fields along Dodge Rd and Stevenson Rd (as well as Turkey Hill Rd.) is
> planning to start construction in a few weeks.  There was a hearing in
> Dryden last Thursday at which many residents spoke out against the massive
> scale of the project which will devastate wildlife habitat.
>
> We have just learned this morning from a member of the Dryden Conservation
> Board that they are proposing to cut down the Spruce Woods bordering the
> WEST side of Dodge Rd. because they will shadow the panels slated to go
> right along the very edge of Dodge R. next to a (barbed-wire topped) fence!
>
> If you are concerned about this assault and the effect of replacing all
> the grassland in the fields with sod under the panels (and herbicides???),
> please write immediately to the Dryden Town Board and ATTEND THE PLANNING
> BOARD MEETING  scheduled on THIS Thursday March 23, at 7pm at the Dryden
> Town Hall on Main Street.
>
> Please express your opinion that may help reduce the scale of this
> commercial operation that will devastate wildlife in this favorite location
> for viewing wildlife!
>
>  Nari & Gin Mistry
>
>  Ellis Hollow rd.
>
>
>
>
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Subject: DIY Bird Saver for Window Treatment
From: Sandy Wold <sandra.wold AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:14:20 -0400
Thanks for recent posts.  Looks like American Bird Conservancy also offers
tips on how to make your own "Acopian Bird Saver"
https://www.birdsavers.com/ (click "Make Your Own")
or go here:
https://www.birdsavers.com/buildyourown.html

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Subject: Re: Migration Video and question
From: Peter <psaracin AT rochester.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:50:59 -0400
Thanks Geo.

How about migrants wintering deeper into So. America?

Pete


On 3/20/2017 9:52 AM, Geo Kloppel wrote:
> Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas, and northernmost parts of Brazil and 
Ecuador actually lie in the northern hemisphere, where days have been 
lengthening ever since our winter solstice. Right now (at equinox) the rate of 
photoperiod change has reached its maximum, noticeable even in equatorial 
regions. I presume that seasonal migrants are sensitive to that rate, which has 
been accelerating ever since December 21st, reaches its peak today and now 
begins decelerating toward the next (our summer) solstice. The amplitude of the 
cycling rate of change is subdued in the tropics, but it's the very same cycle 
that is so pronounced in the higher latitudes where these warblers breed each 
year, so I doubt that they lose track of it, even if they winter at or south of 
the equator, as some do. 

>
> -Geo Kloppel
>
>> On Mar 20, 2017, at 8:22 AM, Peter  wrote:
>>
>> Folks.......I have a spring migration question and wonder if anyone out 
there can help. I understand that the lengthening days ignites hormonal 
responses in birds and, among other things, encourages "migratory restlessness" 
- an "itch" to begin their respective journeys north. But how does this 
mechanism work with respect to neo-tropical warblers? After all, for those 
spending their "winters" in northern So. America the days will be shortening!!! 
The "photoperiod" will be decreasing. 

>>
>> What, then, is the trigger to get them on the move and heading northward?
>> Thanks for the help.
>>
>> Pete Saracino
>>
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Subject: URGENT ALERT: Dodge Rd Spruce Woods may be cut down for massive Solar Farm on Dodge rd, STARTING in APRIL !!
From: Nari Mistry <nbm2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:48:26 -0400
There is urgent need for lovers of birds and wildlife along Dodge Rd. to 
be aware of imminent developments along Dodge Rd.

The massive industrial scale solar farm proposed in all the Cornell 
owned fields along Dodge Rd and Stevenson Rd (as well as Turkey Hill 
Rd.) is planning to start construction in a few weeks.  There was a 
hearing in Dryden last Thursday at which many residents spoke out 
against the massive scale of the project which will devastate wildlife 
habitat.

We have just learned this morning from a member of the Dryden 
Conservation Board that they are proposing to cut down the Spruce Woods 
bordering the WEST side of Dodge Rd. because they will shadow the panels 
slated to go right along the very edge of Dodge R. next to a 
(barbed-wire topped) fence!

If you are concerned about this assault and the effect of replacing all 
the grassland in the fields with sod under the panels (and 
herbicides???), please write immediately to the Dryden Town Board and 
ATTEND THE PLANNING BOARD MEETING  scheduled on THIS Thursday March 23, 
at 7pm at the Dryden Town Hall on Main Street.

Please express your opinion that may help reduce the scale of this 
commercial operation that will devastate wildlife in this favorite 
location for viewing wildlife!

  Nari & Gin Mistry

  Ellis Hollow rd.




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Subject: Re: Migration Video and question
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:52:17 -0400
Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas, and northernmost parts of Brazil and Ecuador 
actually lie in the northern hemisphere, where days have been lengthening ever 
since our winter solstice. Right now (at equinox) the rate of photoperiod 
change has reached its maximum, noticeable even in equatorial regions. I 
presume that seasonal migrants are sensitive to that rate, which has been 
accelerating ever since December 21st, reaches its peak today and now begins 
decelerating toward the next (our summer) solstice. The amplitude of the 
cycling rate of change is subdued in the tropics, but it's the very same cycle 
that is so pronounced in the higher latitudes where these warblers breed each 
year, so I doubt that they lose track of it, even if they winter at or south of 
the equator, as some do. 


-Geo Kloppel

> On Mar 20, 2017, at 8:22 AM, Peter  wrote:
> 
> Folks.......I have a spring migration question and wonder if anyone out there 
can help. I understand that the lengthening days ignites hormonal responses in 
birds and, among other things, encourages "migratory restlessness" - an "itch" 
to begin their respective journeys north. But how does this mechanism work with 
respect to neo-tropical warblers? After all, for those spending their "winters" 
in northern So. America the days will be shortening!!! The "photoperiod" will 
be decreasing. 

> 
> What, then, is the trigger to get them on the move and heading northward?
> Thanks for the help.
> 
> Pete Saracino
> 

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Subject: Re: Migration Video and question
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:33:26 -0400
Hi Pete,

It's a global cycle, so the farther one goes from the equator in _either_ 
direction the greater the amplitude becomes. That just increases the salience 
of the cycling rate of change in photoperiod for any migrants that completely 
transit the tropics to spend our winter in the temperate or higher south 
latitudes. 


-Geo

On Mar 20, 2017, at 10:50 AM, Peter  wrote:

> Thanks Geo.
> 
> How about migrants wintering deeper into So. America?
> 
> Pete

-Geo

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 20, 2017, at 10:50 AM, Peter  wrote:
> 
> Thanks Geo.
> 
> How about migrants wintering deeper into So. America?
> 
> Pete
> 
> 
>> On 3/20/2017 9:52 AM, Geo Kloppel wrote:
>> Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas, and northernmost parts of Brazil and 
Ecuador actually lie in the northern hemisphere, where days have been 
lengthening ever since our winter solstice. Right now (at equinox) the rate of 
photoperiod change has reached its maximum, noticeable even in equatorial 
regions. I presume that seasonal migrants are sensitive to that rate, which has 
been accelerating ever since December 21st, reaches its peak today and now 
begins decelerating toward the next (our summer) solstice. The amplitude of the 
cycling rate of change is subdued in the tropics, but it's the very same cycle 
that is so pronounced in the higher latitudes where these warblers breed each 
year, so I doubt that they lose track of it, even if they winter at or south of 
the equator, as some do. 

>> 
>> -Geo Kloppel
>> 
>>> On Mar 20, 2017, at 8:22 AM, Peter  wrote:
>>> 
>>> Folks.......I have a spring migration question and wonder if anyone out 
there can help. I understand that the lengthening days ignites hormonal 
responses in birds and, among other things, encourages "migratory restlessness" 
- an "itch" to begin their respective journeys north. But how does this 
mechanism work with respect to neo-tropical warblers? After all, for those 
spending their "winters" in northern So. America the days will be shortening!!! 
The "photoperiod" will be decreasing. 

>>> 
>>> What, then, is the trigger to get them on the move and heading northward?
>>> Thanks for the help.
>>> 
>>> Pete Saracino
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