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Rossmoor Woodpeckers Taken from Nesting Area

June 3, 2009

The latest word on the sneaky, below the belt tactic taken by Rossmoor is so outrageous and unethical it can only have expedited been by a equally unethical USDA. Gary Bogue brought up a good point in his blog today:

By the way, I am truly astonished that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “researchers” trapped those 20 acorn woodpeckers at the height of their spring breeding season. You’d think they were supposed to know what they were doing. Curious. I wonder if any woodpecker babies were left unattended in their nests? /Gary

In  a column by Times writer Dennis Cuff, Ca. Audubons’ Graham Chisholm  made this comment:

“The killing of acorn woodpeckers in Rossmoor is something that should never have been approved in the first place, and this news about trapping is shocking,” Graham Chisholm, executive director of Audubon California, said Monday. The birds likely will be euthanized after the research is completed, he said.

Yesterdays  Times article describes the tests they using the birds for before they are killed. Here’s a response from Diana Granados MDAS:

“I feel they blindsided us and outwitted us, and found another way to get what they wanted: removal of the woodpeckers from Rossmoor,” said Diana Granados, a member of the Audubon Society’s Mount Diablo chapter.

I for one agree with that statement and want to extend that thought to the federal entities that helped this ploy along, the same federal entities that we are supposed to entrust with the care of our cherished wildlife.

Here’s where the Acorn Woodpeckers were taken for sound testing

National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC)

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