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Mind Blown

October 23, 2007

I have to say, this photo to the left is such a strange juxtaposition my mind was sufficiently boggled. Using a Screech-Owl (called a “screeched owl” by the AP) as a prop to indicate the depth of his commitment to wildlife, our fearless leader announced a “new” plan to award private landowners tax credits for conserving stopover habitat for migratory birds. It’s not really anything new, this tax credit for saved land has been around in many states for a while, he just federalized it. I’ll give the president some credit on this one, it’s a good idea and one that would be really useful if instituted in tandem with increased federal conservation of wild spaces. As it is, there’s no government habitat conservation, the only land being set aside will be private, and voluntary at that. So, whatever… He did think the owl was a “cute little fellow” though.

I’m more interested in his “bird-watching” experience at Patuxant NWR. Does any one know anyone who was there? Did Bush see anything good? The Maryland and DC birding lists are silent on this. Apparently it was with the refuge manager, and if so, he has an obligation to the American birding community to fill us in on what the Prez saw, and if he was able to make any IDs himself.

I do hope, though, that the President enjoyed his time out yesterday. Enough so that he will allot the National Wildlife Refuge system that so many of us enjoy the funds they need to pull itself out of a situation so dire that 200 refuges have no staff at all, and a majority have so few workers that a backlog of more than $2 billion in maintenance projects has developed. I don’t suppose that will happen though, as on so many topics, the Prez is more interested in looking like he cares then actually putting money to mouth. It just makes me so angry that I want to just….awwww, look at that owl!!!!! What was I saying again? Oh yeah, birds are neat.

  1. Jochen permalink
    October 23, 2007 7:07 am

    If owls could talk, that one would have quite a story to tell…
    However, you have not mentioned the Prez’s most intriguing ability:
    No matter what he surrounds himself with, he always looks like a … (multiple free choice).

  2. Sky Girl permalink
    October 23, 2007 9:58 pm

    I about hurled when I saw him on tv with that owl. Does he think holding one little owl (it is cute, isn’t it?) undoes his horrid track record on the environment?

    BTW, I tagged you for a meme.

  3. The Zen Birdfeeder permalink
    October 29, 2007 10:40 pm

    I’m with you, sky girl, W posing as an environmentalist and friend of wildlife. I was hurling owl pellets…

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