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BIRDS

Categorized by genus/species, placed chronologically by common name

    American Coot

    American Crow

    American Flamingo*

    American Goldfinch

    American Kestrel

    American Oystercatcher*

    American Robin

    American Tree Sparrow

    American White Pelican

    Bald Eagle

    Baltimore Oriole

    Barn Swallow

    Barnacle Goose*

    Belted Kingfisher

    Black-and-White Warbler

    Black-Capped Chickadee

    Black-Headed Gull*

    Black Vulture*

    Blue Jay

    Blue Tit*

    Blue-Winged Teal

    Bobolink

    Bobwhite

    Broad-Winged Hawk

    Brown Creeper

    Brown-Headed Cowbird

    Brown Thrasher

    Bufflehead

    Canada Goose

    Canvasback

    Cape May Warbler*

    Carolina Chickadee*

    Carolina Wren

    Cedar Waxwing

    Chipping Sparrow

    Common Gallinule

    Common Goldeneye

    Common Grackle

    Common Gull*

    Common Merganser

    Common Moorhen*

    Common Pochard*

    Common Redpoll

    Cooper's Hawk

    Dark-Eyed Junco

    Dicksissel

    Double-Crested Cormorant

    Downy Woodpecker

    Eastern Bluebird

    Eastern Goldfinch - See American Goldfinch

    Eastern Kingbird

    Eastern Meadowlark

    Eastern Phoebe

    Eastern Towhee

    Eastern Wood Pewee

    Eurasian Blackbird*

    Eurasian Collared Dove

    Eurasian Coot*

    Eurasian Jackdaw*

    Eurasian Magpie*

    Eurasian Tree Sparrow*

    European Serin*

    European Starling

    Fox Sparrow

    Golden-Crowned Kinglet

    Golden-Fronted Woodpecker*

    Gray Catbird

    Graylag Goose

    Great Black-backed Gull*

    Great Blue Heron

    Great Cormorant*

    Great Egret

    Great Grey Shrike

    Great Spotted Woodpecker*

    Great Tit*

    Greater Flamingo*

    Greater White-Fronted Goose*

    Hairy Woodpecker

    Harlequin Duck

    Hermit Thrush

    Herring Gull

    Hooded Crow*

    Horned Lark

    House Finch

    House Sparrow

    House Wren

    Indigo Bunting

    Killdeer

    Laughing Gull*

    Lesser Black-backed Gull*

    Lesser Scaup

    Lincoln's Sparrow

    Magnolia Warbler

    Mallard (Domestic)

    Mallard (Wild)

    Mourning Dove

    Mute Swan*

    Neotropic Cormorant*

    Northern Cardinal

    Northern Flicker

    Northern Rough-Winged Swallow

    Northern Shoveler

    Northern Shrike - See Great Grey Shrike

    Orange-Crowned Warbler

    Painted Bunting*

    Palm Warbler

    Red-Bellied Woodpecker

    Red-Breasted Nuthatch

    Red-Headed Woodpecker

    Red-Legged Thrush*

    Red-Tailed Hawk

    Red-Winged Blackbird

    Ring-Billed Gull

    Ring-Necked Duck

    Rock Pigeon

    Rook*

    Ross's Goose*

    Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

    Ruddy Turnstone*

    Sandwich Tern*

    Scarlet Tanager

    Smooth-Billed Ani*

    Solitary Sandpiper

    Song Sparrow

    Spotted Sandpiper

    Swamp Sparrow

    Syrian Woodpecker*

    Tricolored Heron*

    Tufted Duck*

    Tufted Titmouse

    Tundra Swan*

    Turkey Vulture

    White-Breasted Nuthatch

    White-Cheeked Pintail*

    White-Crowned Pigeon*

    White-Crowned Sparrow

    White-Eyed Vireo

    White-Throated Sparrow

    White-Winged Dove

    Wild Turkey

    Wilson's Warbler

    Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

    Yellow-Legged Gull

    Yellow-Rumped Warbler


MAMMALS

    American Beaver

    Common Raccoon

    Eastern Chipmunk

    Eastern Cottontail

    Eastern Fox Squirrel

    Eastern Gray Squirrel

    Groundhog - See Woodchuck

    Ground Squirrel - See Eastern Chipmunk

    Red Fox

    Striped Skunk

    Virginia Opossum

    White-Tailed Deer

    Woodchuck


Nature Blog Network
Wednesday, September 26, 2007

From Audubon, no less. The article is entitled “As Ugly As A Tree” and can be found in the latest issue.

Americans are on a tree-planting binge, on the premise that jamming seedlings into the ground can offset carbon pollution. In truth, they’re causing a lot of harm. Tree-planting outfits are sprouting like kudzu. We have the Plant for the Planet campaign by the United Nations, Global ReLeaf by American Forests (said by some, mostly itself, to be the nation’s oldest “conservation” NGO), the Enterprise-Rent-a-Car 50 Million Tree Pledge, and all manner of ambitious ventures by the National Arbor Day Foundation, the National Tree Trust, SeedTree, Tree Central USA, Tree Musketeers, TreeFolks, Tree-Mendous, TreePeople, Trees for Life, Trees for the Future, Trees Forever, and Trees for Tomorrow, to mention just a few.

The public doesn’t understand that forests and trees are not the same thing. Forests are comprised of many organisms, only a few of which are trees. Planting monocultures of alien trees or even native trees doesn’t restore forests; it prevents them. This is why naturalists find recurring pledges to plant, say, a “billion trees” so terrifying…

Having engaged such formidable labor as the Boy Scouts, the United Nations’ Plant for the Planet campaign now vows to cluster-bomb the globe with “a billion trees”—all in 2007. As part of this effort it encourages faux-forest monocultures, or “sustainably managed plantations,” as it prefers to call them. But few plantations are “sustainable,” and most deplete water and require massive chemical fixes of fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides.

But of all the damage done by ill-considered tree planting, none is more dangerous than the false sense of absolution provided by “carbon offsetting,” a booming industry in which greenhouse-gas polluters and governments constrained by the Kyoto Protocol purchase supposed mitigation by, among other things, paying someone to jam seedlings into the earth.

Denis Hayes, president of the Bullitt Foundation, an environmental grant maker, likens the worst offset programs to “indulgences”—the pre-Reformation get-out-of-jail-free cards hawked by the Catholic Church. (Go and sin no more—unless, of course, you pay us off.) “We tend to use ‘cap-and-trade’ as a single word,” Hayes told me. “But there’s capping and there’s trading, and my concern is with all these people treating offsets without any cap. Someone is buying someone else’s emissions, but that may not do anything to reduce total emissions.”

I guess we could have expected this, considering the biggest proponents of tree-planting and cap-and-trade systems are the politicians. Nonetheless, you’d never expect that tree-planting would ever be harmful, or, at least, harmful enough that Audubon would be telling us to stop – and with such strong language.

I would recommend reading the article in its entirety. Lots more where the above came from.

Related posts:

  1. Audubon: Invest in Grass-Based Ethanol, Not Corn-Based
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  3. Photo Hunt – Paper – Audubon Magazine
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  5. Remembering the Passenger Pigeons

Posted by: Mike in: Plants at 6:00 am

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3 Responses to “Audubon: Planting Trees Does More Harm Than Good Re: Global Warming and Sustainable Habitat Development”
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    Mr. McGregor's Daughter Says:

    This reminds me of so-called “wetlands mitigation.” I just don’t get how you can destroy a fen, put in a retention pond surrounded by mown grass, and consider that sufficient mitigation. When will people learn that “equivalent” does not mean “the same.”

  2. 2
    Moe Says:

    I think that too many people just don’t think long and hard about what they do. Somebody who calls themself an “expert” states what they believe is a good idea, the rest of us don’t know better because we’re not experts (and we are mocked if we try to challenge the experts), and so the “expert’s” opinion becomes conventional wisdom without a lot of thought (partly because the rest of the people don’t know any better, but also because everything is always such an “emergency” that we need to rush into it).

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