Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Fwd: Urge Congress: Protect Birds, Ban Chlorpyrifos!

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From: American Bird Conservancy <info@abcbirds.org>
To: Peter Dorosh <prosbird@aol.com>
Sent: Mon, Oct 30, 2017 6:11 pm
Subject: Urge Congress: Protect Birds, Ban Chlorpyrifos!

Protect Birds, Ban Chlorpyrifos
Dear Peter,
Chlorpyrifos — a dangerous neurotoxic pesticide used on fruits and vegetables — has been killing birds and poisoning children and farmworkers for the past half-century. In 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined that chlorpyrifos is likely to adversely affect 97 percent of all endangered wildlife, including more than 100 bird species.
The time is now to tell Congress that chlorpyrifos has no place in our food supply. Add your voice to our effort to protect families, workers and wildlife from this toxic insecticide.
The EPA was on course to ban chlorpyrifos. But in March 2017, the agency's new administrator extended its registration for another five years — reversing the recommendation of the EPA's own scientists.
Concerned Senators and Representatives are working with the scientific community to get this toxic pesticide off the market. The "Protect Children, Farmers & Farmworkers from Nerve Agent Pesticides Act" (S. 1624 in the Senate and H.R. 3380 in the House of Representatives) would prohibit the use of chlorpyrifos by amending the U.S. Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act that oversees food safety.
Please act now to protect the health of America's families, birds, and other wildlife by urging your U.S. Senators and Representative to ban chlorpyrifos! Thank you.
Cynthia Palmer
American Bird Conservancy
Director, Pesticide Science and Regulation Program
American Bird Conservancy
PO Box 249
The Plains, Virginia 20198
(540) 253-5780
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Monday, October 30, 2017

Fwd: Songbird Saver: Test New App to Help Prevent Birds from Colliding into Towers

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From: Steve Holmer (via abcorgs list) <abcorgs+sholmer=abcbirds.org@npogroups.org>
To: abcorgs <abcorgs@npogroups.org>
Sent: Mon, Oct 30, 2017 2:03 pm
Subject: Songbird Saver: Test New App to Help Prevent Birds from Colliding into Towers

Songbird Saver: Test New App to Help Prevent Birds from Colliding into Towers
An estimated seven million birds die each year in North America by colliding with broadcast and cell towers. These birds – primarily night-flying songbirds on migration, such as Yellow-billed Cuckoos – are either attracted to or disoriented by the lighting systems, especially when night skies are overcast or foggy.
Now, a website developer who loves birds has created a new app to make it easy to help implement a solution. With Stan Weigman's Songbird Saver, you can enter your zip code to find tall towers near you, then send a request to operators asking them to turn off steady-burning red lights. This simple change is known to reduce bird mortality by about 70 percent.
The SongbirdSaver app is now in testing before a larger rollout planned for later this year. Please give it a try, provide your feedback, and be part of a simple change that will save birds in your community! 
(Note: Some of the data driving the app – including tower owner e-mail addresses – may be out of date. If you receive an email bounce-back from a tower operator, please print and mail your letter. Please provide your feedback on Songbird Saver to ABC's Steve Holmer.)
A key factor in bird mortality at towers is height, with towers 350 feet or more above ground level posing the greatest threat. Elimination of non-flashing red lights on these towers also provides a substantial benefit to tower operators, who reduce electricity consumption.
Hundreds of tall towers across the U.S. have already updated their lighting to reduce bird collisions and reduce operating costs. The change was urged by the Federal Communications Commission, which launched a policy encouraging tower operators to adopt bird-friendly and energy-saving lighting configurations.
"We are seeing great progress and thank the operators of the 700+ towers that have updated their lighting to help reduce mortality of birds," said Christine Sheppard of ABC's Bird Collisions Program. "But there are still tens of thousands of tall towers across the U.S. with outdated lights. We are asking all tower operators to make this cost- and life-saving switch to help save migratory birds."
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