[Tweeters] loss of birding habitat seems to be an epidemic in our area

amy schillinger schillingera at hotmail.com
Thu Oct 4 22:26:16 PDT 2007

So sad to see your post. Just this last summer there was a similar situation near Me Kwa Mooks park in West Seattle. If I remember correctly, Suzanne Krom ( Hi Suzanne!- I hope I spelled that correctly!) and others created a list of possible/probable/definate bird species in the park and submitted it in an official letter. We also noted any confirmed nesting species. I can't remember the exact process she said they went through, however, I can look for Suzanne's info and perhaps ask her. Is there a public hearing etc. that something like that could be submitted? I wonder if there are biologists that would be willing to do some sort of taxa study to see what other animals and plants are living in the area. If you know of any way I can help I am always happy to do so, though I do not claim to be any sort of expert;just a lover of anything nature. I spent many summers there growing up and would hate to see such a special and important area lost forever. Good luck with your battle!

Amy Schillinger
schillingera at hotmail.com

> Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 13:18:59 -0700> From: mj2ephd at u.washington.edu> To: tweeters at u.washington.edu> Subject: [Tweeters] loss of birding habitat seems to be an epidemic in our area> > Folks,> Please see our new website:> > www.friendsofseahurstpark.com/Site/Welcome.html> > Our Burien neighborhoods around Seahurst Park are in a major fight to try > to prevent the destruction of a near 8 acre mature forest/watershed/long > established wildlife habitat that is contiguous with Seahurst Park. This > is a steep ravine/box canyon-type area that developers hope to cover with > a huge condo community, removing 75% of the current forest. Reminder: > This parcel is part of the rare and irreplaceable saltwater-coast, > forested, urban magical place called Seahurst Park (in Burien.) WHAT are > they thinking?> > I've documented the varied species of nesting birds here from Great > Horned and Barred Owls to Pileated Woodpeckers to two species of > chickadees to thrushes and flycatchers and wrens and creepers and on and > on and on. Many swallow species are threatened now. We have Tree, Barn > and Violet-Green Swallows as summer residents in this area. The legal > issues in this case are complicated, extensive, and convoluted.> > Please review our website. Perhaps, other areas of our region can be > encouraged and inspired to also have neighborhoods organize to protect > the remaining natural tracts. This is the 21st Century with attempts to > continue taking advantage of the ignorance/complacency of the past 200 > years of development. We can't afford this anymore. Be aware.> > Persisting, me2 > ****************************************> Opinions above are my own as a private citizen> > Maureen Ellis, PhD, Research Scientist> Woods Lab, Toxicology Group at Roos 1, Box 354695> Lab/Office phone: 206-685-1938 Email: mj2ephd at u.washington.edu> DEOHS, SPHCM, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195> ****************************************> "The highway of life is full of flat squirrels that> couldn't make up their minds." ____unknown> > "To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities> as you do at conclusions." ____Ben Franklin> > "Be the change you want to see in the world." ____Ghandi> _______________________________________________> Tweeters mailing list> Tweeters at u.washington.edu> http://mailman1.u.washington.edu/mailman/listinfo/tweeters

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