Support Protections for Shorebird and Wading Bird Habitat

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This is a very important issue concerning our [tag]shorebirds[/tag] and [tag]wading birds[/tag] here in [tag]Maine[/tag]. There has been articles in the Portland newspaper and on local TV stations. It seems that real estate developers are trying to put a stop to this.

Please show your support by contacting one of the legislators at the end of this article.

[tag]Birding[/tag] In Maine fully supports these rules.

 

Please Support Protections for Shorebird and Wading Bird Habitat
Maine Audubon Action Alert: http://www.maineaudubon.org/act/061017_swh.shtml

Maine rules protecting important coastal habitats for shorebirds and wading
birds have been in the making for decades but are just coming into effect.
The rules are reasonable and protect the last remaining feeding and resting
areas for migratory shorebirds as they travel from the Arctic circle to as
far away as Chile where they spend the winter. Some of these places, like
around Harrington and Addison, are nationally significant to shorebirds. But
the rules protecting these fragile habitats are not well understood and some
Maine residents are objecting to them.

You can help protect shorebird and
wading bird habitat: click here for more info
http://www.maineaudubon.org/act/061017_swh.shtml .
ACTION ALERT: http://www.maineaudubon.org/act/061017_swh.shtml Please Support Protections for Shorebird and Wading Bird Habitat

Maine rules protecting important coastal habitats for shorebirds and wading
birds have been in the making for decades but are just coming into effect
but are not well understood.  In fact, some Maine residents are objecting to
them.

Because these fragile habitats (including mud flats and wetlands where birds
nest and feed) are vulnerable to disturbance, development, and environmental
contaminants, the rules require a permit to develop in or near those areas.

The permit will ask that the development occur 250′ away from the habitat
when possible. When this isn’t possible, the landowner will be asked to
minimize impacts.  If the lot is already developed, an expedited permit will
be available with limited standards.
The rules are reasonable and protect the last remaining feeding and resting areas for migratory shorebirds as they travel from the Arctic circle to as far away as Chile where they spend the winter.

Some of these places, like around Harrington and Addison, are nationally significant to shorebirds. In fact, in the 1980s, the coastal zone from Trenton Bay east to Perry was
identified as probably the most important fall migratory stopover area in the eastern U.S. for four species of shorebirds (semipalmated sandpipiers, semipalmated plovers, white-rumped sandpipers and whimbrels).

Shorebirds are declining, and once these places are gone, there will be no where else for the birds to go—we risk losing them altogether. Shorebirds and wading birds desperately need this habitat, but we need it,
too—not only to maintain our quality of life, but also to keep drawing the
visitors who bring millions of dollars to Maine each year. It is extremely
important that Governor John Baldacci and your legislators know that there
is strong public support for protecting these special habitats.
YOU CAN HELP!
1. Please thank Governor John Baldacci for his strong support of the rules.
Governor John Baldacci:  governor@maine.gov  / (207) 287-3531  / (207)
287-6548 (TTY) / (207) 287-1034 (FAX)

2. Please tell your legislators that the rule is important, supported by
science, and reasonable.
For legislators’ e-mail addresses and home contact info, please visit
www.maine.gov  or e-mail activist@maineaudubon.org with your name and
address.  Or go to
http://www.maineaudubon.org/act/061017_swh.shtml  for
links.
THANK YOU.
More Information: go to
http://www.maineaudubon.org/act/061017_swh.shtml
for links and background information.

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Support Protections for Shorebird and Wading Bird Habitat”

  1. Thanks, John for posting this info – I will contact everone I know – I do know the Gov. and all of the Saco & Biddeford Reps. on a first name basis.
    Bob

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