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Journal
IN THIS ISSUE
Audubon
Vol. XXV1I No.5
July-August 2005

GOVERNORS’ TRIBUTE TO GRACE


It was a perfect day to
celebrate and recognize the
lifelong dedication and
accomplishments of Grace
The H.B. du Pont Middle School “Bubbles” Pierce-Beck in
Honor Band performs the Piping protecting Delaware’s precious
Plover Suite. See story on page 3. environment.The spring sun was
shining brightly in a cloudless
blue sky and the air was fresh
and cool. Governor Minner paid
tribute to the diminutive woman
Gathered around Grace Pierce-Beck are from left to who has been a powerhouse at
right: Lorraine Fleming; former Governor, Russell the center of every major
Peterson; Secretary of DNREC, John Hughes; environmental issue facing this
Governor, Ruth Ann Minner; John Flaherty, Common state over the past 30
Cause; DAS Conservation Chair, Nicholas years. Former Governor Russ
DiPasquale; Til Purnell, Ann Rydgren, June MacArtor. Peterson spoke fondly of his
friend and colleague and
Books of Interest ......................8 recounted Grace’s contributions at the national level as well.
Former DNREC Secretary Nick DiPasquale praised Grace for being an inspiration
to several members of Delaware Audubon, such as incoming President Mark Martell,
From the Conservation Chair ....6
and countless others who witnessed Grace in action.Ann Rydgren presented Grace
with a special Delaware Audubon designation by declaring her to be the
Highlights 2004-2005 ..............4 organization’s Environmental Advocate, Forever.Til Purnell joked about how people
used to refer to her and Grace as the “Mutt and Jeff” of the environmental
Letter From the President ..........2 movement as they lobbied elected officials at Legislative Hall in Dover.
In addition to several members (and generations) of Grace’s family, others in
attendance included current DNREC Secretary John Hughes, who served as the
More than Just Birds..................5 unofficial MC for this informal gathering, Deputy Secretary David Small, long-time
environmental activists June MacArtor, John Flaherty, and Lorraine Fleming, as well as
News & Views ......................5, 7 June Peterson, Skip Purnell, and Molly Murray.
Grace continues her convalescence at Capitol Healthcare Services in Dover. Nick
Officers & Committees..............2 DiPasquale provides periodic updates to her and
solicits her views and advice on current
environmental issues.When briefing her recently
Site Seeing ................................5 on the decision by the Coastal Zone Industrial
Control Board to uphold DNREC’s denial of the
What You Can Do ....................3 status decision request on the BP LNG Import
Facility, Grace commented,“They tried that back
in the 1970s and got shot down.You’d think they’d
know by now.”

PRESERVING OUR NATURAL STATE


DELAWARE AUDUBON SOCIETY, INC.
A State-wide Chapter of National Audubon
Delaware Audubon Society
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT Officers & Committees 1
2
My name is Mark Martell and I am greatly honored to 2005-2006
If there are any issues that you think Audubon should
have been chosen as the next President of the Delaware address that you feel strongly about, please write
Audubon Society. I have served as the Treasurer on and Issues, P.O. Box 1713, Wilmington, DE 19899, or call
off since the mid 1980’s, and have run the Annual the office at 302-428-3959. Chairpersons can always
be reached through the office answering machine,
Birdseed Sale over that length of time. I came to the 302-428-3959.
organization as a result of my life-long love of Delaware’s
environment. I grew up just outside the city of New Honorary Chairman of the Board
Castle and can still remember the hot summer sunrises ........................................Russell W. Peterson
over the Delaware River across from Battery Park where I often went to crab
after delivering the Morning News. President ........................................Mark Martell
Vice President ......................Fred Breukelman
Fellow Board member and childhood friend John Knox and I would often hunt Secretary ........................................Ellen Wright
for toads and frogs, marveling at their abilities to snag the flies out of mid-air Treasurer ............................................John Knox
when we fed them in our window wells.We would hunt for box turtles, for
painters, for the elusive snapper.We would collect yellow jackets, bumblebees, Conservation Committees:
wasps and praying mantises. It is often through misguided play and adventure Chairman & Environmental Advocate
..............................................Nick DiPasquale
that a bond develops not just between young men, but between young men
Environmental Advocate
and the environment. One learns to care for the environment the more one is
..........................................Grace Pierce-Beck
active in it. Some of my fondest memories as a young man in New Castle have
Dredging ........................................Leslie Savage
to deal with discovery of those creatures that tried to co-exist in encroaching
Nest Box Projects ............................Peggy Jahn
young developments to the tidal marsh – The giant snapper we “bothered”
Armchair Activists ....................................Open
that crunched a broom handle in half.The time while I was delivering papers
Adopt-a-Wetland
that I literally crashed my ten speed bike into a raccoon that was merely
................................Peggy Jahn, Kathy Tidball
foraging through garbage cans looking for a quick meal.The time we captured
Important Bird Area Program
a misshapen toad that had additional limbs.The time my dog had a run in with ....................................................Ann Rydgren
a skunk that took a few days to live through.
Programs Committee ..............................Open
I relate these stories in that it is these memorable incidents and accidents that Publicity Committee
frame us as young men and future environmentalists. Having two young boys Internet: ..................................Fred Breukelman
now, I am often frustrated with their innate ability to whole-heartedly ignore dasmail@delawareaudubon.org
their local environment, to focus on the immediate gratification of a Game Membership................................................Open
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Education Committee ................Kathy Tidball
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Delaware Audubon Society, incorporated in United Way designation number
1977, is a state- wide chapter of the National is 9017. Directors for service until 2006:
Audubon Society. Dorothy Miller
Directors for service until 2007
VISIT DELAWARE AUDUBON'S WEBSITE John Knox Tom Shuey
http://www.delawareaudubon.org.
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Sample educational, informative articles and features. Order books and other goodies
from the Marketplace. Search the archive of past articles. Visit our photo gallery.
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Survey legislative updates and Action Alerts. Email policy makers. Nicholas DiPasquale Peggy Jahn
Leslie Savage
“Preserve Our Natural State” 3
W H AT Y O U C A N D O . . .

A T T E N T I O N D E L AWA R E T E A C H E R S H. B. D U P O N T B A N D
PERFORMS SONG ABOUT
Subscriptions to receive a free Audubon Adventures kit are still ENDANGERED BIRD
being accepted. Elementary teachers of Grades 3-6 are invited
The H. B. du Pont Middle School
to renew their subscriptions for this year’s edition of the
Honor Band performed the Piping
popular environmental science newspapers.The kit includes 4
Plover Suite, a piece that incorporates
sets of 32 newspapers each devoted to a specific topic.The
the song of the endangered bird, at
newspapers are written on a 5th-grade level and include a
their Spring Concert at Dickinson
resource-rich teacher’s guide.The following comments about
High School.
last year’s newspapers are from Delaware teachers:
Great newspaper! Valuable to the children and great for state standards. Fits well into the
curriculum, especially habitat studies. Band Director Pam Letts said her
Karen Autman, Hartly Elementary, Capital School District 75-member band learned the piece in
about two months.“They really
These newspapers are great! I used them to create a science learning center in my 5th enjoyed learning it even though they
grade. The kids loved reading them and doing the activities. didn’t have much time,” she said.
Linda Tonge, Showell Elementary, Indian River School District
Letts said pieces that incorporate
Excellent non-fiction for applying non-fiction reading strategies. more than one subject are becoming
Cheryl Mattern, Pulaski Elementary, Christina School District more common for composers of
educational music.“We also have a
The issue, “It’s Only Water”, went well with our Land and Water Science kit. In fact, I piece on the Curse of Tutankhamen
could tie them into all our science kits. that ties into the sixth-grade social
Edith Mahoney,Anna P. Mote Elementary, Red Clay School District studies course.”

If you would like to renew your subscription to receive the 2005-2006 Audubon Flute player Catherine Horstman, an
Adventures program free of charge, our chapter will be delighted to sponsor you.The eighth grader, said learning the Piping
only thing we ask of you is the completion of an evaluation form to provide us with Plover Suite was “a neat experience.”
feedback on this year’s program. Renewal forms and evaluations are being mailed in May
to be turned in by August 31. For your convenience, you can fill in the evaluation and “It’s a really neat piece,” she said.“It’s
renewal form on line! Just go to our website, <www.delawareaudubon.org>, click on different than the other songs
Audubon Adventures, then click on evaluation form and renewal form. (performed by the band).”

What You Can Do: Please share this information with new teachers in your Classmate Shefali Kapadia, who plays
saxophone, agreed.
building. Subscriptions will be filled as long as funding is available. Don’t get left out—
complete the forms by August 31.
“The bird has a cool song, and the
song really sounds like the bird,” she
V O L U N T E E R O P P O RT U N I T I E S said.

✶ Nick DiPasquale needs a few more people to work on the The Piping Plover Suite and Teacher
Conservation Committee. Please help! Resource Packet can be downloaded
✶ Wildflower enthusiast for special area in Dover. FREE from the Delaware Audubon
✶ Fun loving, creative person needed to recruit and integrate new members. web site,
✶ Need someone with a “Type A” personality and marketing experience willing to <www.delawareaudubon.org>.
help the environment in Delaware through member recruitment, targeted
marketing and advertising for our annual birdseed sale, general member
solicitation, and expanding our annual appeal. Excerpts from an article in Hockessin
Community News by Staff Reporter
What You Can Do: Call 302-428-3959 and leave a message Jesse Chadderdon
if you are interested in helping.
HIGHLIGHTS OF ACTIVITIES 2004-2005
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Delaware Audubon Society is a statewide, volunteer organization Heritage and Endangered Species Program,
of over 1,500 members. and Maryellen F. Birk Graphic Design
Services, and composed by Scott Roewe,
The mission of Delaware Audubon Society is to promote an this symphonic work is intended to
appreciation and understanding of nature; to preserve and stimulate an emotional response and
protect our natural environment; and to affirm the necessity for establish sensitivity to the preservation of
clean air and water and the stewardship of our natural resources. beach ecology in Delaware.Approximately
1,100 audience members attended these
All of our activities depend on the devotion of our members to performances.
conserving and preserving the health of our environment.
Delaware Audubon was represented on the
Our Audubon Adventures program was used by approximately following regional and statewide boards and
3,300 students in 130 classrooms of 46 schools in 14 of 15 committees:
Highlights

school districts.This program provides curriculum enhancement • Greenwatch Institute


materials to teach students about wildlife and their habitats and • Kent County Conservancy
the importance of conservation. • Center for the Inland Bays Capital
Campaign Advisory Committee
Auduboners participated in the Christmas Bird Count, Great • Delaware City Eco-Tourism Project
Backyard Bird Count, Spring Round-up, the White Clay Creek Advisory Committee
Clean-up, Coast Day, Christina River Clean-up (White Clay • Bi-State Advisory Council for
Creek),Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research Open House, Milton White Clay Creek Preserve
Horseshoe Crab Festival and picked up at our Adopt-a-Highway • Coalition Opposed to Deepening
location. the Delaware River
• Water Resources Agency
We presented or participated in a number of workshops, press Citizen’s Committee
conferences, presentations to groups, and conferences all over • Governor’s Water Supply
the state.Topics included Motiva Scrubbers, Sunoco, Metachem Coordinating Council
task force, biodiversity, land use, birding, horseshoe crabs and • Coalition for Natural Stream Valleys
shorebirds, and environmental regulations. • Save Our Wetlands and Bays
• Delaware Partners in Flight
We testified and participated in public hearings in support of the • Delaware Important Bird Area
environment on various issues, such as water conservation, land Committee
acquisition, and the master plan for White Clay Creek State Park. • Christina Conservancy
• Christina River Clean-up Committee
Delaware Audubon continues monitoring of the area around the • Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife
Grass Dale Center in Fort DuPont State Park, Delaware City, in Refuge Advisory Committee
order to document the changes in flora and fauna.The U.S.Army • White Clay Creek Watershed Wild and
Corps of Engineers and Delaware’s Department of Natural Scenic River Management Committee
Resources and Environmental Control have plans to modify and • Pea Patch Island
restore this degraded tidal marsh area to a wetland area of Special Area Management Plan
greater biodiversity. • Environmental sub-committee for the
Slaughter Beach Planning Committee
The Piping Plover Suite made its world debut at Coast Day,
October 3, 2004.The piece was presented by the Cape Henlopen Delaware Audubon continues to operate
Community Band under the direction of Barry Eli.A premier two exceptionally successful nest box
performance of the Piping Plover Suite was presented in May projects to re-establish the historical range
2005 by the H. B. du Pont Middle School Honor Band under the of the Purple Martin and the Eastern
direction of Pam Letts. The H. B. du Pont Honor Band is the first Bluebird in New Castle County.
middle school band to perform this piece of music.The Piping
Plover Suite has been downloaded from our website by people We offered field trips and environmental
around the world. education for members, elected officials, and
the general public.
Commissioned by the Delaware Audubon Society, sponsored by
the Brandywiners, Ltd., Delaware State Parks,The Delaware Delaware Audubon maintains a web page at
Coastal Programs, Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife Natural <www.delawareaudubon.org>.
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MORE T H A N J U S T B I R D S ... C O N S E RVAT I O N I S T S
W O R L D W I D E C E L E B R AT E
W. Barksdale Maynard R E D I S C O V E RY O F I V O RY-
BILLED WOODPECKER

A B A C K YA R D W H I P - P O O R - W I L L April 28, 2005 — Little Rock,AR.The


confirmed sightings of an Ivory-billed
As birds fly north in spring, suburban yards provide oases for weary migrants. In our Woodpecker on an Audubon
little yard in a Brandywine Hundred development, former owners allowed the designated Important Bird Area which
shrubs to grow big, for which I am grateful. Birds need “cover” and shun the encompasses the Cache-Lower White
manicured lawns of our neighbors. Last spring, the cover behind our house harbored Rivers National Wildlife Refuges is like
a migrating Fox Sparrow, Parula and other warblers, and, to my complete “finding the Holy Grail of
astonishment, a Whip-poor-will that sang loudly two nights in a row. Ornithology,” said Ken Smith, Director
of Audubon Arkansas. Frank Gill, of the
Cover has another advantage: it can disguise leaf and compost piles that critters like U.S. National Audubon Society, added:
and that can absorb much of the homeowner’s annual yard waste.As our Delaware “This is huge, just huge. It is kind of
landfills near overflowing, there has been much talk of banning yard waste—which like finding Elvis.”
accounts for some 15 percent of municipal solid waste in the state.And yet virtually
none of my neighbors has a leaf-pile or compost heap in his or her miraculously tidy Discovery continued on page 7
yard. I am all for tidiness, but every lot should have its back corners reserved for
cover and mulching. SITE SEEING
How to create backyard cover? One national environmental organization will help
for a $15 processing fee.You can take an online course, buy their books and videos,
or purchase a “habitat kit” for $150.They’ll even send you a “handsome, personalized
Certificate of Achievement suitable for framing.” But all this seems complex. Just
start by planting shrubs (especially ones with berries birds like), allow them to grow
big and dense—and then hope for a Whip-poor-will.

✃ J O I N D E L AWA R E A U D U B O N N O W !
INTRODUCTORY MEMBERSHIP OFFER This column suggests Internet
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National Audubon Society and Delaware Audubon Society readers. Call us at 302-428-3959 or
Join NOW and receive a FREE navy blue backpack! send the address to us at:
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within the boreal forest of Canada
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fastest declining songbirds in North
Please make all checks payable to: National Audubon Society America!
Send this application and your check to:
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7XCH Learn about “boreal” birds at
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FROM THE C O N S E RVAT I O N C H A I R
Nick DiPasquale

In a victory for retain unclaimed bottle deposits Run Marsh,Grass Dale Wetland,and the
Delaware’s Coastal (estimated to be as high as $5 million per Thousand Acre Marsh to the sustainable
Zone Act,BP decided year),to rationalize and make more development of the community.In addition
recently not to pursue any further efficient the collection of residential waste to conducting an ecological assessment of
challenge of the state’s denial of its status through the creation of trash districts,and the area and identifying restoration
decision request for locating a pier and the use of economic incentives so priorities,an advisory committee made up
docking operation to support the household will benefit economically from of the program’s partners will design hiking
proposed Crown Landing LNG Import greater recycling through a “pay as you and biking trail systems,interpretive
Facility in Logan Township,New Jersey. throw” pricing system.The essential programs,outdoor programming activities,
Unfortunately,this does not end the elements are posted on our website. such as kayaking and nature education and
controversy.BP is evaluating a variety of other passive recreation programs.This
other options,including moving the pier We are also participating in the project will position Delaware City to serve
and docking system landward,thus development of the state as the trailhead for access to the C&D
removing it from Delaware waters and Comprehensive Wildlife Recreation Area being promoted by
state jurisdiction. Conservation Strategy (CWCS).The Congressman Castle.
Strategy is a requirement enacted by <http://www.nap.usace.army.mil/Projects/C
While Delaware Audubon supports the Congress that states must meet to be D/index.htm>
increased use of natural gas over traditional eligible to receive State Wildlife Grants
fossil fuels,such as coal and oil,we believe from the U.S.Fish & Wildlife Service Finally,Delaware Audubon and the Natural
that clear criteria should be established for (USFWS).The Strategy must be submitted Resources Defense Council (NRDC) are
the siting of these facilities away from to a review committee by October of this currently reviewing the results of studies
population centers and sensitive ecological year.The CWCS must identify and focus identified by a court appointed expert to
areas.There are presently over 50 on “species in greatest need of determine the impact of non-complying
proposals for the siting of LNG import conservation,” while at the same time water discharges by the Delaware City
facility in North America.Even the most address the “full array of wildlife” and Refinery on the health of the Delaware
extreme demand scenarios would require wildlife-related issues.Conservation River.In 1988,NRDC and Delaware
the siting of only six to twelve of these actions identified in the CWCS will strive Audubon filed an action against the refinery
operations.The federal government has to keep common species common and in federal court under the Clean Water Act
failed to take any responsibility for prevent species from becoming for on-going violations of its NPDES (water
developing rational siting criteria.Instead, endangered.Please visit the state website discharge) permit.The Court found that
Congress has proposed the use of a federal at the following address and share your numerous violations had occurred between
override of state authority in pending comments and suggestions. 1983 and 1991 and that the Refinery had
energy legislation. <http://www.dnrec.state.de.us/NHP/infor failed to make any attempt to determine
mation/CWCS2.asp> the impact of the permit violations on the
Delaware Audubon has also been active on river by conducting required monitoring
a number of other state issues.Delaware Delaware Audubon is one of several studies.NRDC and Delaware Audubon
Audubon and the Delaware Nature Society partners working with Main Street considered a monitoring plan developed by
sent a joint letter to Governor Minner’s Delaware City,Inc.on the development of the Refinery in 1993 inadequate.The
Policy Advisor for Natural Resources,Lee an Eco-Tourism Program. A independent expert appointed by the
Ann Walling,which articulates what we Community Environmental Project grant Court outlined an appropriate series of
believe to be the essential elements of a for $112,000 was recommended by the studies to evaluate the impacts.The studies
Curbside Recycling program.The Community Involvement Advisory were performed and the results compiled.
development of this set of essential Committee and awarded by DNREC to We are now assessing our next course of
elements was guided by a desire to support the program.Delaware City action.
minimize cost increases to the general recognizes the economic value and
public,to end the windfall to wholesalers ecological importance of the Pea Patch I welcome and appreciate your support and
(beverage distributors) who are allowed to Island Heronry,Dragon Run and Dragon active participation in these issues.
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Discovery continued from page 5
G L O B A L LY S I G N I F I C A N T D I S C O V E RY
OFFERS SECOND CHANCE TO PROTECT With a distinctive white bill and a dramatic crest,
the large woodpecker was thought to be globally
A M E R I C A’ S L A R G E S T W O O D P E C K E R extinct with the last documented sighting in Cuba
in 1987.
“All of us who share this planet owe an enormous debt of gratitude to
the individuals and organizations, especially the Cornell Lab of Gene Sparling, of Hot Springs,Arkansas, made the
Ornithology and the Nature Conservancy, whose tireless efforts led to discovery on February 11, 2004, while kayaking in a
the rediscovery of this bird,” said John Flicker, president of the National reserve in Big Woods. He saw an unusually large
Audubon Society.“Thanks to their dedication, we all have a second red-crested woodpecker fly towards him and land
chance to save this magnificent woodpecker from extinction.As it on a nearby tree. He said the creature did not look
inspires our hopes, this resilient Ivory-billed Woodpecker must also quite like anything he had seen before, so he
inspire our commitment to protect the habitat it needs for survival.” contacted Cornell University’s Living Bird
magazine.After a team of experts interviewed him,
National Audubon Society, BirdLife International, and other they felt they might be onto something special.
conservationists around the globe joined in celebration at the
announcement that the Ivory-billed Woodpecker has been found in John Fitzpatrick, of Cornell University, headed the
eastern Arkansas.The last accepted sightings of an Ivory-billed search party, which included Tim Gallagher, editor
Woodpecker were in Cuba in 1987 and 1988, and the last fully of Living Bird.Within a month, Dr. Gallagher had
documented United States sighting occurred in Louisiana in 1944. seen the ivory-billed woodpecker for himself.The
While there have been a number of reports of possible Ivory-billed team finally went on to capture the bird on video,
Woodpecker sightings since then, none have been confirmed. which allowed them to confirm its identity.

A large, approximately 20-inch bird, the Ivory-billed Woodpecker is An American legend, sometimes called the “Lord
dependent on old-growth forests of very large trees, such as cypress, God” bird because it is so spectacular people
for its habitat. Destruction and fragmentation of virgin bottomland exclaim,“Lord God!” when they see it, the Ivory
forests throughout the southern United States, including floodplain Bill disappeared when the big bottomland forests of
forests along the Mississippi River and its tributaries, led to its decline North America were logged, and relentless
and eventually to its believed extinction. searches have produced only false alarms.

“The discovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker will make this site an A U D U B O N ’ S ‘C A C H E -L O W E R W H I T E


Important Bird Area of global significance,” said Flicker. Launched in R I V E R S I M P O RTA N T B I R D A R E A’ I S
1981 by BirdLife International, the Important Bird Areas (IBA) program H O M E T O I V O RY- B I L L E D W O O D P E C K E R
is a global effort to identify and protect critical bird habitat.Audubon
fosters the protection of more than 1,800 IBAs coast to coast by The Cache-Lower White Rivers Important Bird
engaging individuals, communities, organizations, and agencies in the Area is described as “a large contiguous stand of
stewardship, restoration, and conservation of Important Bird Areas. bottomland hardwood forest that makes it one of
the few prime locations in the Mississippi Alluvial
“We must work to protect other remaining tracts of mature Valley capable of supporting populations of all
contiguous forest, and the IBA program is an important tool in this forest breeding birds within breeding range.”
endeavor.Audubon pledges to work with state, local, and federal
agencies and other conservation organizations involved with this effort “Finding the Ivory-billed Woodpecker on an
to protect this bird and its habitat,” Flicker continued. Important Bird Area reinforces the urgency for
conservation of such sites.While Important Bird
Audubon and BirdLife International are urging members of the public Areas vary greatly in terms of land ownership,
to ensure the safety of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker by respecting its habitat type and bird usage, they all are critical for
privacy. Stress from human disturbance poses a threat to its survival. the survival of birds significant not only to Arkansas
but, as we now know, to the world.” said Dr. Daniel
More information from Audubon Arkansas Scheiman, Director of Bird Conservation for
<http://ar.audubon.org/press/news_release_20050429.html> Audubon Arkansas.
President continued from page 2
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Boy, a PSP (Play Station Portable), the to take time to understand their local
BOOKS Game Cube, Cartoon Network, etc.As environment and the encroaching growth
OF INTEREST parents, it is difficult to pass along to and commercial development underway.
our children our love of the To show them how easy it is to
The Grail Bird by Tim Gallagher of the environment simply through outdoor participate in the public process of
Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 288 pages, play and adventure. Clustered holding government officials and
Houghton Mifflin, 2005, goes behind communities and safeguarded children corporations to account for
recent headlines to tell the story of have resulted in a generation of kids environmental actions.The only way to
Tim Gallagher’s pursuit and discovery that are the most-watched children in achieve this, in my estimation, is to focus
of the bird. modern history.To think that at the age and target our message to the youth of
of 11 a buddy of mine and I walked to the State.While we currently provide our
The Ivory-billed Woodpecker . . . ghost Brandywine Creek from New Castle wonderful youth program “Audubon
bird of the swamp. Big, beautiful, iconic, and camped on our own for a weekend Adventures” to middle-school aged
and mysterious, the bird is a symbol of with no parental supervision (yet children through the schools as a free
everything that has gone wrong with complete parental backing). If I even educational tool, I personally feel that it is
our relationship to the environment. suggest such a course of action for my the older kids, the graduating classes from
First plundered by nineteenth-century 12 and 10 year old sons today, my wife high school and local colleges, that need
collectors and then a victim of massive would have me drawn and quartered. to be targeted. How we achieve this is a
habitat destruction, the bird has been Child Services would be breathing challenge, but a necessary one if
sought for decades by those trying to down my neck before the weekend was Delaware Audubon is to remain a viable
determine whether the remarkable out.The summers were our own to do force in the environmental community of
species still exists.Their findings have with as we pleased then, not to be this State.
been met with ridicule and scorn; since placed in Summer Camps and baby-sat
the early twentieth century, most of most of the business day. It is this My future messages here will be to
the scientific world has believed that generation that will bring the next outline actions taken in this regard, and to
the Ivory-billed Woodpecker is extinct. group of environmentalists. suggest personal steps each and every
one of us can take in helping to protect
But when author Tim Gallagher set out So my tenure here will be marked by the environment. I further hope to bring
to write The Grail Bird, he mounted his attempts to reach out to the some commentary from those operating
own quest for the elusive bird and generation(s) behind me.To somehow in the environmental community from all
discovered the amazing truth: get them to understand the need for sides of the environmental equation.
The Ivory-billed Woodpecker lives! personal involvement.To motivate them