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  •  Hi, just added new info regarding the change (1+ / 0-)
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    to the Migratory Bird Treaty

    Made by the infamous 108th Rubber Stamp Congress.  They removed over 90 species.  Is it at all possible that the door was opened for killing off the pesky, rice crop damaging, Redwinged Blackbirds?

    It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

    by War on Error on Tue Jan 04, 2011 at 03:01:26 PM PST

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    •  Nope. (2+ / 0-)
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      Actually they removed far fewer than that when all was said and done.  There are more "species" removed because, in the interim, a lot of taxonomy had changed and so the names of species as enacted were no longer current.  The problem was solved by removal of the old ones and addition of the new ones.

      There were about a dozen species actually struck from the list, almost all of which had to do with how the "native range" of birds was determined as regards outlaying areas.  Oh, and the mute swan was dropped from the list because it is, in fact, not native, and shouldn't have had protections in the first place.

      Red-winged blackbirds, I assure you, are still there.  In fact, the full list is helpfully available from the Fish and Wildlife Service, here.

      "We are not entitled to our opinions; we are entitled to our informed opinions. Without research, without background, without understanding, it's nothing."

      by Serpents Choice on Tue Jan 04, 2011 at 03:17:27 PM PST

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    •  Just a quick correction (0+ / 0-)

      I think you mean AR (Arkansas) not AK (Alaska)?

      Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth - Abraham Lincoln

      by Gustogirl on Tue Jan 04, 2011 at 03:44:28 PM PST

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