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Lots of hunters are birdwatchers, too

On Jan. 22, Walt Carnahan wrote about an Audubon birding trip to some wildlife refuges. He described one area on the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge as containing many species of waterfowl, and they were “safe from the hunters.”

This is a real unfair statement, since the hunters are the group most responsible for providing suitable wetland habitat through their yearly purchase of state and federal duck stamps. Lots of hunters are also birdwatchers like the Audubon folks, and it was not too many years ago the Audubon Society and hunters in groups like Ducks Unlimited worked very hard to provide good wetland habitat in cooperative spirit. Just imagine the progress a wildlife resource could make if large conservation groups quit taking cheap shots at each other and focused on improving the habitat.

Regardless of whether one is a birdwatcher or duck hunter, Kermit the Frog was right when he said, “It’s Not Easy Being Green.”

Dave Connell

Nevada City

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