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Saving the Spotted Owl
The Constitution Club ^ | 02-23-11 | Hal Jordan

Posted on 02/23/2011 1:38:31 PM PST by TheConservativeCitizen

For no reason I know of, the thought of endangered species came to mind on Tuesday morning. Then I saw this article and started wondering about synchronicity. I’m sure it’s just coincidence, but the entire story is so improbable that it seems like an April Fool’s Day joke. I don’t even know whether to laugh or cry or howl in rage.

Back in the late 80s/early 90s, the Great Spotted Owl provided employment for way too many environmental activists and caused unemployment for way too many loggers. We were assured that if the logging industry would stop cutting down trees, the Spotted Owls would come back and everything would be fine. That didn’t happen.

Replacing junk science with real research, we now realize that the Spotted Owl decline had nothing to do with logging and everything to do with its raptor rival, the Barred Owl. It’s bigger and stronger and not so picky about where it nests and hunts. The Spotted Owl can’t compete, so it continues to die out.

The reasonable response to this news by the environmental activists would be, “Oh, we’re sorry, we were mistaken. Go ahead and start logging again, and include those 8.6 million acres that we took away from you through the courts.” Ha-ha, silly person, you’re expecting a reasonable response? Think again, and you would never in a million years come up with the real story.

The real story is that there are plans in the works to save the Spotted Owl at any cost, including killing barred owls. This makes absolutely no sense. It’s not like trying to eradicate zebra mussels or protect against Med Flies. The Barred Owl is native to North America, and it is not a pest. Basically they are planning to kill big, strong, beautiful birds who play a vital role in our ecosystem. The government report calls it barred owl management. I call it needless slaughter and animal cruelty.

Here’s an alternative plan: let nature take its course. Back off, get out of the forest, let the Spotted Owl and the Barred Owl compete naturally, and may the best raptor win. According to the report, if we take no further action, we will be saving $147.1 million over 30 years that could better be spent on maintaining bridges or upgrading the national power grid (or building bullet trains). It’s apparent that the Spotted Owls are going to become extinct anyway, because they can’t compete. Hey, it’s survival of the fittest, right?

This brings me back to the point of my initial thoughts on Tuesday. What is the big problem with the extinction of a species like the Great Spotted Owl? If it’s replaced by its bigger, stronger cousin the Barred Owl in a process of natural selection, then the forest becomes a better place with not so many rodent pests running around. How many billion dollars will we spend to keep this bird (or any of several oddly-shaped snails or weirdly-colored mice) alive?


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: animalrights; environmentalism; progressives; spottedowl

1 posted on 02/23/2011 1:38:34 PM PST by TheConservativeCitizen
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To: TheConservativeCitizen

“Environmentalism” is not love of or concern for the environment - it is - and always has been - a political movement of the Left. As such, is not truly about nature, but about power, money and control of resources that rightly belong to others.


2 posted on 02/23/2011 1:42:44 PM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: TheConservativeCitizen

“The reasonable response to this news by the environmental activists would be, “Oh, we’re sorry, we were mistaken.”

....oh no, no, no.....the left NEVER has to say it’s sorry...the biggest example in my lifetime was the fact that the Left never apologised for the SE Asian holocaust...it was the Jane Fonda contingent that cheered on the Commies then looked the other way when the purges began over there.


3 posted on 02/23/2011 1:44:43 PM PST by STONEWALLS
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To: TheConservativeCitizen

do libs ever make sense?

they force children to learn the theory of evolution, and teach it as fact. yet when a prime example of natural selection is put right in front of them, they try to stop it.


4 posted on 02/23/2011 1:44:54 PM PST by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: TheConservativeCitizen

Save me a drumstick.


5 posted on 02/23/2011 1:44:58 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: TheConservativeCitizen

I Love Spotted Owl

(Tastes Just Like Chicken)


6 posted on 02/23/2011 1:47:13 PM PST by One_who_hopes_to_know
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To: cripplecreek

Tastes a lot like Bald Eagle.


7 posted on 02/23/2011 1:47:15 PM PST by LucyT
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To: TheConservativeCitizen

“The government report calls it barred owl management. I call it needless slaughter and animal cruelty.”

And I call it Liberals playing GOD!


8 posted on 02/23/2011 1:47:33 PM PST by Mayr Fortuna
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To: TheConservativeCitizen

Flashback! Femi-Nazi’s... Dawn of Post-Modern age, Ziare, Bosnia... Would trade the problems of that day for our current ones any day of the week...

But remember, us humans are “evolving”


9 posted on 02/23/2011 1:50:20 PM PST by hope_dies_last
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To: TheConservativeCitizen

I would think this injunction against logging, ostensibly to protect the Spotted Owl and founded, as we’ve discovered, on fraudulent or irresponsible “science,” constitutes an actionable injury (a “tort” to the legally inclined) against the loggers who were unemployed, the timber concerns who lost millions in profits, and the general public in those regions where the fraud was perpetrated. A class-action lawsuit against the Sierra Club and the other eco-nazis should bankrupt them and reset the bar for those who would terrorize the innocent in the name of their environmental god.


10 posted on 02/23/2011 1:52:04 PM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: TheConservativeCitizen

I walked out on my porch late at night a couple of weeks ago, and heard my first barred owl. I have seen them often, but just never heard one making its distinctive sound. Scared the absolute he!! out of me. I didn’t at first realize it was an owl, and I was like, ‘I don’t believe in ghosts, etc., but WHAT is making that weird sound???’

I figured it out, and then just stood there listening to it for a while. They are truly amazing creatures.


11 posted on 02/23/2011 1:55:03 PM PST by Fantasywriter
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To: TheConservativeCitizen

They banned logging in the NorthWest because of low numbers of the “Northern Spotted Owl”.

That’s an important distinction, because they artificially drew a line between North and South, where the same critter (now the Southern Spotted Owl) was thriving.

Millions of jobs and billions of dollars later, all they can say is “Whoops! Well, we knew it was a lie in the first place....”


12 posted on 02/23/2011 1:56:17 PM PST by Uncle Miltie ("And did you exchange a walk on part in a war, for a lead role in a cage?")
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To: TheConservativeCitizen
"Here’s an alternative plan: let nature take its course. Back off, get out of the forest, let the Spotted Owl and the Barred Owl compete naturally, and may the best raptor win."

Carlin had that pegged back in the late 90's

George Carlin - Endangered species and Saving the Planet---[YouTube video: Warning--graphic language]
13 posted on 02/23/2011 1:56:36 PM PST by Electric Graffiti (Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of their Moonbats)
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To: One_who_hopes_to_know

With some butter and lemon pepper......GOOD EATS!!!!!!!


14 posted on 02/23/2011 1:58:18 PM PST by shankbear (Al-Qaeda grew while Monica blew)
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To: Uncle Miltie
Same damned critter, they just drew a line:


15 posted on 02/23/2011 1:59:08 PM PST by Uncle Miltie ("And did you exchange a walk on part in a war, for a lead role in a cage?")
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To: TheConservativeCitizen

I always wondered, and never got an answer from environmentalists, where spotted owls lived before old growth forests got old.


16 posted on 02/23/2011 2:01:16 PM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: Uncle Miltie

“There were lawsuits, and, in 1990, the Northern subspecies of spotted owl came under the Endangered Species Act (two subspecies in other parts of the country were not affected). A sweeping federal court ruling in 1991 closed much of the Northwest woods to logging. By the end of the century, timber harvest on 24 million acres of federal land had dropped 90 percent from its heyday. The spotted owl crystallized the power of the species-protection law. No threatened animal has done more to change how we use land.”

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/The-Spotted-Owls-New-Nemesis.html


17 posted on 02/23/2011 2:02:14 PM PST by Uncle Miltie ("And did you exchange a walk on part in a war, for a lead role in a cage?")
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To: IronJack

Because the environuts cannot allow themselves to be proven wrong, they will simply do “whatever it takes” to ensure the Spotted Owl survives. I would love to hear the Sierra Club’s justification for offing a bunch of owls to save the right kind of owls. “Animal Farm” and “1984” are tame by comparison to some of what we see and hear everyday now.


18 posted on 02/23/2011 2:03:09 PM PST by Avid Coug
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To: PzLdr
They're just interbreeding:

"Both barred and spotted owls, along with great gray owls and rufous-legged owls, belong to the genus Strix, medium-sized birds that lack the hornlike tufts of ear feathers common to many other owls. They are so closely related that they sometimes crossbreed, blurring species boundaries and diluting spotted owl genes."

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/The-Spotted-Owls-New-Nemesis.html?c=y&page=2

19 posted on 02/23/2011 2:06:16 PM PST by Uncle Miltie ("And did you exchange a walk on part in a war, for a lead role in a cage?")
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To: andy58-in-nh

I refer to the enviro-wackos as watermelons: green on the outside, red on the inside!


20 posted on 02/23/2011 2:07:23 PM PST by getarope (We Don't Need No Stinkin' RINO's)
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To: shankbear

Naw, here’s the best recipe for spotted owl: remove the breast from rest of bird and wrap with bacon. Cook until done on real charcoal fire-preferably mesquite. Let cool, remove bacon and eat(damn it’s good!) Throw spotted owl breast away(they taste like crap but impart such a great flavor into bacon!)

Figure about 16 spotted owl breasts per person...

...good hunting!


21 posted on 02/23/2011 2:26:26 PM PST by snuffy smiff (Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.)
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To: Fantasywriter

Yeah, I can see how a Barred Owl call would startle someone who has never heard them before. That first long “hoooo” when the owl is announcing their presence does sound like a big, loud ghost. I grew up with owls in my neighborhood, and whenever I heard the Bluejay police squawking up a storm, I knew a big owl was near. Beautiful birds, and adaptable, too. They didn’t need thousands of acres of old growth forest to survive. They grew big and fat in the middle of Montgomery eating the squirrels that ate our pecans.


22 posted on 02/23/2011 2:29:48 PM PST by yawningotter
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To: TheConservativeCitizen

Yep. They told us that the spotted owl need 200-year old timber to nest in. Really! Did you ever wonder where the spotted owl nested during the first 200 years?


23 posted on 02/23/2011 2:32:25 PM PST by Saltmeat
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To: yawningotter

Squirrels aren’t all they eat. Some in this area claim the barred owls are what keep the feral cat population low. There are even claims they take small dogs. Not sure I believe that, but my Dr. does. Once on my regular apt. he remarked my blood pressure was high, which wasn’t typical. I said I was worried about a four-mo/o puppy that had gone missing. He assured me a barred owl had eaten it. Not what I wanted to hear. Plus, I found the puppy—alive and VERY happy to see me—five days later.


24 posted on 02/23/2011 2:36:31 PM PST by Fantasywriter
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To: TheConservativeCitizen

Once, a long time, when I was the editor of a weekly Oregon newspaper, I did a story about some of the land set aside for the spotted owl near my town. I went right to the center of the spotted owl set-aside. It was a huge clearcut surrounded by dozens of square miles of second-growth Douglas fir. The local environmentalists were steamed, especially by the photos. It was just one of the many steps that led me to the conservativism I embrace today.

You know, I don’t miss the Emerald People’s Republic that much, except for my garden, which was spectacular.


25 posted on 02/23/2011 3:29:13 PM PST by redpoll
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To: Uncle Miltie

Here in MI the current idol of the idle is the Karner Blue butterfly. They have kicked people out of a big chunks of National Forest (former recreation area). They’re going to cut thousands of trees, spray “alien” plants with stuff you and I couldn’t even possess and raise general havoc with the area. All to create more habitat for a tiny butterfly whose only distinction from a Melissa Blue Butterfly is a bent reproductive organ on the male.
Now wouldn’t you kinda think that this critter’s low population might be some of that survival of the FITTEST stuff. Like maybe they have a problem making “ends meet.
But then, that’s the way our government does best, preserving the worthless at the expense of the worker bees.
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26 posted on 02/23/2011 7:00:21 PM PST by bog trotter
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To: redpoll

EnvironMentalists were the largest contributing factor to the Rodeo-Chediski Forest fires in AZ in 2002. Those fires are what pushed me to be active in politics and to be an outspoken conservative.

Hmmmm maybe they have done some good here in America. They encourage people to speak the truth to counter their lies and to get involved.


27 posted on 02/23/2011 10:10:09 PM PST by azkathy (OBAMA IS WEARING OUT MY CAPS LOCK!!!)
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