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  •  A sense of scale (3+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest, richholtzin, Randtntx

    The Grand Canyon itself is so big, so hugely enormous, that in a weird sort of way, I actually feel a little more comfortable upstream in Marble Canyon, Vermillion Cliffs. and on up into southern Utah.  It kills me that they flooded Glenn Canyon.  

    For those of you who are contemplating a visit soon, take the side trip up to Navajo Bridge and Lee's Ferry.  The California condors are still hanging out up there. A small population has been reintroduced into the Grand Canyon and N Arizona, but they lost 9 last year (!) - 3% of the remaining world-wide population - to lead poisoning because idiot hunters won't switch from lead to copper bullets.  The condors eat the elk gut piles and ingest the lead... which eventually kills them. Now I get it that sometimes people need to shoot elk, but is it too much to ask that they use non-toxic bullets?  But it's a political issue in AZ.  Various idiots are convinced that trying to protect the condors somehow infringes on their damn 2nd Amendment rights.  So sick of that crap.

    The Peregrine Fund and the National Park Service are cringing because other environmental groups are planning on filing a lawsuit, which they think will backfire.  Idiots may start shooting the condors themselves.

    Anyway, if you want to see a highly endangered bird, take the side trip to Navajo Bridge and see them while they still exist.  The species is in recovery, but who knows whether they will be able to make it.  Here's a photo of a very distant condor - blurry from the distance, but it's the big black bird on the edge of a huge dropoff.

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    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 12:33:44 PM PDT

    •  how about you writing this diary. . . (3+ / 0-)
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      because I haven't gotten around to doing one on these fairly ugly birds, that when flying, are just gorgeous. Biggest wingspan in the northern hemisphere, too. I really do encourage to write the diary, because you're touching on a very important subject about lead poisoning and people need to be made aware of this. What better audience do you have, ivorybill, then our erudite community. You will get support! I will be the first to recommend your diary. And I thank you for what you shared with all of us. It's important and by all means people should visit the vicinity of both rims. Hiking the Vermilion Cliffs, which I believe is now with a "monument" status, is exceptional. Of course, those big birds with such homely heads. . .they're part of the show, of course.

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 03:17:08 PM PDT

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