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Demovictory9 (2,202 posts)

Alabama beach goers used the eggs of protected birds as sand decoration

Alabama Beachgoers May Have Killed Hundreds of Protected Birds, Experts Say

Beachgoers in Alabama who descended on the breeding ground of a threatened seabird species this summer scared adults away from their nests and used the eggs to decorate the sand, most likely killing hundreds of chicks, wildlife experts say.

The exact number of least tern birds that died in Mobile Bay is unknown, but it was “a tragic loss of a colony that size,” said Katie Barnes, a senior biologist at Birmingham Audubon who oversees the protection, monitoring and surveying of Alabama’s coastal bird species.

Least terns, which are protected by the federal government under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, often lay their eggs on wide-open beachfronts, digging shallow nests beneath the sandy surface. The diminutive birds — adults weigh just 1.5 ounces — are considered a threatened species for several reasons, including beach recreation, Ms. Barnes said.

“They’re very sacred to us because they are so sensitive,” she said.

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Beachgoers in Alabama who descended on the breeding ground of a threatened seabird species this summer scared adults away from their nests and used the eggs to decorate the sand, most likely killing hundreds of chicks, wildlife experts say.

The exact number of least tern birds that died in Mobile Bay is unknown, but it was “a tragic loss of a colony that size,” said Katie Barnes, a senior biologist at Birmingham Audubon who oversees the protection, monitoring and surveying of Alabama’s coastal bird species.

Least terns, which are protected by the federal government under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, often lay their eggs on wide-open beachfronts, digging shallow nests beneath the sandy surface. The diminutive birds — adults weigh just 1.5 ounces — are considered a threatened species for several reasons, including beach recreation, Ms. Barnes said.

“They’re very sacred to us because they are so sensitive,” she said.
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SunSeeker (30,127 posts)

1. This is so fucked up. And so emblematic of Trump's America. nt
blur256 (515 posts)

7. How much do you want to bet

That these people are right to lifers?
So we're supposed to believe that JACK*SSES who preach 'climate change' and oppose all forms of energy beyond solar and wind, and then turn around and leave their protest area littered with TONS, actual TONS of garbage and signs and who "occupy" areas and leave it littered with furniture, tents, garbage, feces and needles wouldn't do something like this?

Jack*sses are sanctimonious hypocrites, so they certainly ARE capable of this.