The real plight of the Snowy Plover

In a recent "My Word" piece, Mr. Uri Driscoll expressed a wide range of opinions and observations regarding the current management practices directed at recovering the threatened Snowy Plover. Full Story
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MuTru

Salem, OR

#42 Dec 23, 2010
extinction is forever wrote:
Lil' Birdy-
Ravens and Plovers have both been around for a very long time. how do you explain that there is only a problem now?
To understand the answer, you have to hold three thoughts in your head at the same time. Ready?
1. Plovers used to be more numerous on the coast. Large populations still suffered predation, but it didn't matter because the number killed was such a small percentage of the population that the breeding potential remained high.
2. Damage to habitat and disturbance by people, vehicles and pets reduced the areas suitable for plover breeding, feeding and rearing. This concentrated plovers to a few areas.
3. Predators like ravens and other corvids are attracted to areas where people leave trash, and when you concentrate predators in those few areas where plovers remain, the percentage killed exceeds the bird's breeding capacity.
Faith

Kirby, WY

#43 Dec 23, 2010
Snowy Plover thing is nothing more than a bunch of transplants from the Bay Area not wanting vehicles and horses on Clam Beach

Since: Mar 13

San Ramon, CA

#44 Mar 17, 2013
Wow, it seems that the only ones who are really opposed to snowy plover conservation are those who wish to use the beaches of Humboldt County in any way they want. Specifically Uri, judging by your comments I can assume you have a background in wildlife biology or a related field but upon further research I have discovered that you are merely an opinionated citizen, who also happens to ride horses along OUR beaches in Humboldt County. Yet, for some reason, you seem to feel that you are qualified to comment on scientific issues that you clearly no nothing about. All I hear from you are criticisms with no actual idea of how to help the plovers and you sound more and more like you, and people like you, should be entitled to ride horses, dune buggies, and really anything you want anywhere you want. Maybe you should try going to school and learning more about the topic you seem to feel that you are an expert on. You see, no one cares about the opinions a chef has about how to fix the U.S. economy any more than one cares about the opinions a horse enthusiast has about wildlife conservation. Now, maybe you should think of something intelligent to say before opening your mouth.

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