Letter to the editor: Wildlife threatened

Posted 2/26/20

 

On Jan. 11 I attended an all-day bird-friendly, climate-friendly conference presented by Audubon of the Rockies, Xcel Energy and the city of Ft. Collins. The featured speaker was Ed Begley …

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Letter to the editor: Wildlife threatened

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On Jan. 11 I attended an all-day bird-friendly, climate-friendly conference presented by Audubon of the Rockies, Xcel Energy and the city of Ft. Collins. The featured speaker was Ed Begley Jr., environmentalist and TV star. He recently appeared on Young Sheldon and was featured on 60 Minutes.
Americans use nearly 80,000,000 pounds of chemical pesticides on their lawns every year. I’ve turned my own yard into a certified Residential Wildlife Sanctuary.
While we are all astounded at the recent loss of animal life in Australia, under the radar, the number of birds in the United States has declined by 3 billion since 1970. The monarch butterfly, which only a few years ago numbered in the billions, is predicted to go extinct in the next 20 years. The lesser prairie chicken now numbers 38,000. It is now found only in the norther most part of Texas, Oklahoma, southwest Kansas, and with the exception of a few sighints in Baca County, it went extinct in Colorado in 2018. Today, 1 in every 2 bird species in Colorado is threatened. I do residential bird county. In 2019 I counted one robin for the year. Even common birds such as some species of sparrow are now threatened.
At the end of the conference the featured speaker for the Audobon Society broke down crying. She said, in the end it may not be about whether or not you love birds, it may be about whether or not you love your children and your grandchildren.
Glen Davis,
Arvada

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