Monday, January 28, 2008

Monday Press Roundup

Missed this article last month, worth reading as the annual Christmas Bird Count is a great way to introduce kids to birding.

Dr. Butcher said that habitat loss, caused by “the tremendous growth of the megalopolis” around New York, has already caused the demise of the northern bobwhite, and “has had a pretty dramatic effect” on kestrel populations as well as other species here.

Audubon suggests that citizen action may help forestall the trend. The federal farm bill under consideration would call for wetlands and grasslands protection. It also includes the Conservation Reserve Program, which would encourage private landowners to set aside habitat land. Audubon welcomes grass-roots support for such legislative initiatives, and the Christmas bird count, society administrators say, can serve as a rallying point for this kind of organized advocacy. They also suggest remedies on the home front, like nurturing native backyard plants to create new bird habitats, but are concerned that a new generation of nature stewards is being lost to the lure of the indoor screen.

This Oped from Toledo Ohio hits the mark.

Paradise lost can't be found by watching a movie or playing a video game. But it's waiting outside to awe those drawn to its wonder. Seasonal offerings are open all year for anyone with the time and interest and need to reconnect with a world where man-made has no meaning. So consider taking a walk on the wild side before you become a bear to live with, growling about no time for anything but cheap gruel at the drive-through.
Winter activities in Wisconsin.

Now that Janice and Orlando Jansen, both 68, are retired, every day is a snow day.

Nature, even on the most frigid of winter days, is an adventure waiting to happen and to be shared with their local grandchildren, Eleanor, 10, and Alex, 8.

"There's so much to do (outside)," the Kaukauna woman said. "Our kids, when they were little, you'd have to tie them down to keep them in the house when there was a nice snowfall."

Unfortunately, the video gaming industry is booming.

"The video game industry set the pace over all others in 2007, with record-breaking sales, off-the-charts consumer demand, and innovation reaching from galactic exploration to guitar simulation," said ESA CEO and president Michael D. Gallagher. "On average, an astonishing 9 games were sold every second of every day of the year."
And Skiing in Colorado is down.

DENVER — The Colorado ski industry’s lift ticket sales fell 12.5 percent from the beginning of the season in October through Dec. 31 compared to the same period last winter, a state trade association announced Thursday.

Colorado Ski Country USA reported that its 26 member resorts logged about 2.87 million skier and snowboard rider visits during the first reporting period. A visit is defined as the purchase of a full- or half-day lift ticket. Ticket sales were down about 412,000 from a record-setting beginning to the season in 2006-07.