need to tell you about the importance of these issues. I have deep
respect for all the work you do.
I’m just saying I wouldn’t mind a
firm tone should the opportunity
demand it. Go for it!
I look forward to every issue of
BWD. Keep up the good work!
Johnnie Simpson, Jr.
To the Editor:
The May/June 2016 issue had
your bird blind suggestion for
a backyard (“Top 10 Backyard
Photo Tips,” by Bill Thompson,
III). I have a small yard, 30 by 104
feet. The back of the yard has a
property line with a cedar/laurel
hedge, and within the yard are a
40-foot pine, a mountain ash, a
small rhododendron, a wild rose
bush, and a chair.
The chair is important, since
I do not have room for a blind. I
use a large piece of green nylon
netting to keep squirrels off of my
seedlings in the spring. I took it
to my chair, sat down, then cut a
small hole to put my camera lens
through. Voila! Instant mini-blind,
and easy to see through. In less
than a minute, dark-eyed juncos
and golden-crowned sparrows
appeared about six feet from me.
Thanks for putting my brain to
Vancouver, British Columbia
witnessed, up close, a pileated
unforgettable as any birding
experience I have had, with the
possible exception of catching
the warblers in migration one
time in the 1970s.
Keep the good work going,
and pass it on!
Albion, New York
To the Editor:
While I understand why you
are reluctant to be explicitly political in your pages regarding the
environment, I also think now is
not the time for anyone who cares
about birds to be neutral.
I’m not suggesting you change
BWD to sound like Pravda. But
I personally would be glad to
see articles that address issues of
bird and habitat conservation
directly—calling out threats to
birds and praising efforts to protect them.
Without birds, there is no bird
watching. Without habitats to
support birds, there will be no
birds. Bird and habitat conservation ought to unify bird watchers
across party lines. We should all
defend the central focus of our
passion, even when the threat
comes from one’s own side of the
political aisle. BWD has a unique
platform to that end.
I know you all are on the right
side of conservation and I don’t