Thank god someone else sees the truth! I think maybe the audobon society should sue the ferral cats...they might be to blame for the decline in the bird population! They just happen to be below cats on the food chain!I fail to see where there is evidence that the decline in bird numbers is directly related to driving on the beach.
Without tracing each individual and locating their new nesting site or finding their corpse, how can the knee jerk reaction of "it's the driving on the beach" be determined for causing the decline.
My family & I went to Ocracoke in 2006 and there was plenty of park ranger control over where you could drive on the southern point at that time. There were rangers on the beach every day that we were there, either watching the nesting sites, patrolling the beach or just having a presence. I think this was before the lawsuit was served and I would in no way call this inaction on their part! Not to mention there were plainly marked areas that you were obviously not supposed to drive.
Any living thing that depends on the necessities of life being provided by nature is prone to decline due to a huge array of catalysts and hurdles. Nature is not a nurturing, caring mother all the time. Look at the natural disasters over the last 9 years. Hurricanes could easily have helped wipe out migratory species in a location not even close to the OBX and
much more throughly than some drunk kids in a 4x4 could ever do. I would expect the Audobon society to have a better grasp of those influences.
I'm also curious as to the mention of the feral cat populations down there - how much time/$ has the audobon society spent looking into that possibility and other predation vs. what was needed to bring about this highly contentious lawsuit?
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