It's good when people read these things with educated scepticism. How else, with anything in life, will you ever find out that the wool is being pulled over your eyes?
A-l-w-a-y-s ask questions.
I don't think it is any secret that I am a sceptic of the validity of all that is being presented in this anti-hunting campaign, so it should come as no surprise that I have issues with this go-around either.
1) 5-6 eagles dying in her care is not unusual?
I have had friends...some from this site who have attended her presentations...tell me that she is dealing with 1-2 eagles per year...her worst was 4. Where does this 5-6 mortalities come from? She has had about a 50% success rate of recovery, so she is now claiming upwards of 12 eagles per year???
Something is askew with that math.
Birdzilla, which was late December of 2015, was her first bird of that year, as example.
2) I read the link in that article to her interview in PEI.
I was especially interested to read in that link that the ammunition exchange is HER program, and that the education initiative is HERs as well.
I guess the $42,000 that has been filtered her way over the past three years through HWA using NS hunters' monies doesn't even rate a mention.
I remember when the NSFAH voted to fully support (100% or less, eh Ian ) the HWA's initiative, and during discussions with the then President, I stated that the NSFAH was now simply a rung on HER ladder.
Can ya hear me now??? ROFLMFAO
3) Thank you, Ian, for posting the thread to the electrocuted birds in BC.
It's also no secret that I have a concern that this anti-hunting initiative could actually be hiding a true problem / consideration that is the real culprit.
In that BC article, the last couple of lines, the lady refers to the eagle "babies"...drives me nuts. Call 'em eglets...call 'em chicks...poults...whatever...They ain't babies!!
Me, in my 'wanna be informed' ways, looked up the breeding season of bald eagles...I had always figured it'd be spring...Nope...I was wrong...It's NOW.
Starts in October with the preening and repairs to the nests, and they should be about ready to lay their eggs.
The point here...It has been her contention that it MUST be hunters' bullets because of the timeline involved. Yeah, she has had to fiddle and fart and try to find explanation as to why there are anomalies in her timelines, but her overall proclamation?...is it must be the hunters.
I have often wondered if she has ever approached NS Power about the lead/zinc alloy they used on their power towers for galvanizing.
Thanks to Ian's BC thread...well...now I know that their breeding season and roosting on the power lines is at its peak...and covers the entirety of the timeline she represents...WITHOUT ANOMALY !
I've seen 2 pictures of birds...both were female...females spend the most time on the nest...preparing it, and with the broods. There should be a preponderance of males, who bring the food, if it's an animal / carion based toxant.
Both birds were mature, breeding specimens...not non-breeding juveniles...who don't go to nest.
Sumthin ta think about there, eh Jethro!!
Shoot straight...Shoot honest...Shoot every coyote you see.