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Tree trimmer apologizes for Oakland baby bird fiasco
sfgate.com ^ | 5/9/14 | Carolyn Jones

Posted on 05/09/2014 8:18:58 AM PDT by GSWarrior

The tree trimmer at the center of a federal and state investigation into the destruction of nests and slaughter of baby birds in Oakland said Thursday that he "screwed up" because he allowed his crews to chain-saw trees even as baby birds were falling out.

Pulido was the supervisor for a crew of tree trimmers hired Saturday by the U.S. Postal Service's Civic Center Annex in Oakland. The post office ordered trees containing the nests of egrets and black-crowned night herons, species protected by the U.S. Migratory Bird Act, to be cut because the nesting birds were defecating on mail trucks.

Post office: No birds hurt

U.S. postal officials continue to deny that birds were harmed in the course of the tree trimming. A postal maintenance worker observing the tree-trimming on Saturday reported that no birds were injured, said U.S. Postal Service spokesman Augustine Ruiz.

The U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act prohibits tampering with nests of migratory species. The trees in question were laden with dozens of nests, baby birds and their parents.

As Pulido and his crew cut through the trees with chainsaws, horrified neighbors tried to stop them, ultimately calling the Oakland police. A video shot by a neighbor shows workers sawing large tree limbs and feeding them into a wood chipper, and a baby bird flapping on the ground.

The injured birds at International Bird Rescue, and a dead bird photographed by The Chronicle, must have been hurt in unrelated incidents, Ruiz said.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: agencyvagency; birds; ca; egrets; endangeredspecies; herons; migratorybirds; oakland; regsfortheenotforme; usps
The post office is at fault here. Anyone who lives or works in downtown Oakland knows that the birds nest in these trees in springtime. If they had waited a few months the baby birds would have been gone. Idiots!

Let's not tar and feather the tree trimmer and please let's leave his family alone.

1 posted on 05/09/2014 8:18:58 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: GSWarrior

People are murdered in Oakland right and left, but the only thing that gets people upset are baby birds.


2 posted on 05/09/2014 8:20:20 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: GSWarrior

this was clearly an Act of Birdist Agression....


3 posted on 05/09/2014 8:21:33 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: GSWarrior

Reminds me of the time I accidentally ran over a rabbit warren with my mower.

The Horror, the Horror......


4 posted on 05/09/2014 8:21:51 AM PDT by Kozak ("It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal" Henry Kissingerhaha)
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To: dfwgator

A drop in the bucket compared to the slaughter of birds by wind turbines.


5 posted on 05/09/2014 8:21:58 AM PDT by AU72
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To: AU72

And solar farms.


6 posted on 05/09/2014 8:23:30 AM PDT by Gadsden1st
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To: dfwgator

I used to live two blocks from this spot. Had I been walking by and seen this I probably would have been arrested for interfering with a tree trimming operation.


7 posted on 05/09/2014 8:23:47 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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Don’t we kill baby birds every morning for our breakfasts, or, in typical California fashion, is it ok to kill the unborn birds but not the post birth ones?

Wasn’t there a story recently that there had been more abortions performed in the San Francisco area than there had been births?


8 posted on 05/09/2014 8:24:12 AM PDT by rey
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To: GSWarrior
If any landowner did what the Post Office or its tree trimmers did, there would be a Bundy-ranch-scale FedGov SWAT team gunning for them, tazing their women, and generally destroying his and his family's lives.

FACT.

9 posted on 05/09/2014 8:24:35 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Blog: www.BackwoodsEngineer.com)
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To: GSWarrior

Cutting trees in SPRING? STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES! April-Jun is when the birds have babies!


10 posted on 05/09/2014 8:30:07 AM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: Kozak

The Oakland Chain Saw Massacre!


11 posted on 05/09/2014 8:30:59 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: backwoods-engineer

FACT, agreed.

USPS is at fault. USPS is a gov’t agency that should be expected to adhere to regulations. DC’s / Gov’t-outa-control entitlement mentality, “We’re too important to adhere to these rules, they’re just for little people” has a trickle down effect.

I wish the tree trimmer had flatly refused - I wonder what, how much was said in planning this job?


12 posted on 05/09/2014 8:33:40 AM PDT by cyn (Benghazi)
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To: AU72

Lets not forget murders, shooting, stabbings, robberies, etc. that happen nightly in Oakland.


13 posted on 05/09/2014 8:35:46 AM PDT by matt04
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To: GSWarrior

Don’t worry. Once the EPA jams the new “chainsaw emissions control computers” down everyone’s throat, the working peasants won’t even be able to get their chainsaws started, and the baby birds will be safe.


14 posted on 05/09/2014 8:35:51 AM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: GSWarrior
To reference my previous about the new EPA "chainsaw emissions control computers" - of course, the government won't have to eat its own emissions cooking.

They'll just buy $12,000 chainsaws after stealing moar money from the taxpeasants at gunpoint.

The $12,000 chainsaws will use the $150 a gallon greenie jet fuel...

Party at the USFS! Beers on you, peasant!

15 posted on 05/09/2014 8:39:08 AM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: GSWarrior
The neighbors were rightly horrified:

As Pulido and his crew cut through the trees with chainsaws, horrified neighbors tried to stop them, ultimately calling the Oakland police... "I waved at the workers and said, 'Please, for the love of God, stop,' " said Cat Callaway, 27, a landscaper...who took a video with her phone..."

The USPS is responsible for this -- not only the blatant disregard for migratory regulations, but for breaking city codes as well.

It's just too bad the tree trimmer is the focal point of anger and (hmm) fallout, though he should have refused to be part of this. Did he not think about fines, if nothing else?

16 posted on 05/09/2014 8:46:10 AM PDT by cyn (Benghazi)
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To: GSWarrior

The tree trimmer was hired by the GOVERNMENT. The USPO should be held at fault, but they are happy to let this guy take the fall. The govt seems to think they get to make the rules but they get to break them with impunity.

Needing a new Constitutional Convention here. “All laws apply to all people.’ Something like that. “No one is above the law.” I was sure that had been covered in the Constitution??


17 posted on 05/09/2014 8:49:52 AM PDT by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: CivilWarBrewing
Cutting trees in SPRING? STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES! April-Jun is when the birds have babies!

We cut four last weekend. One was a significant risk of a deadfall, with injury or property damage, depending on which direction it fell. All four were dead (bark beetle). None had nests, so down they came. The single, live neighbor we left is recovering nicely after a good watering. We'll see if the beetles kill this one off. They're trying, but we're gonna fight 'em.

18 posted on 05/09/2014 9:16:04 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: IYAS9YAS

If they were pines, the primary means of a tree acquiring bark beetles are the scent of the terpines emitted from freshly cut or trimmed local trees...


19 posted on 05/09/2014 10:40:01 AM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: smokingfrog

Very good.


20 posted on 05/09/2014 10:51:34 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: GSWarrior
In honor to the author.
21 posted on 05/09/2014 10:56:37 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: GSWarrior

These same people who were so upset by this aren’t horrified by the protected species birds killed by the wind turbines & solar arrays? Or human abortions?


22 posted on 05/09/2014 11:58:31 AM PDT by oldtech
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To: Axenolith
If they were pines, the primary means of a tree acquiring bark beetles are the scent of the terpines emitted from freshly cut or trimmed local trees...

Yes. Wounds on the trees themselves also attract the bugs, because of the excess sap emitted. These trees had lots of wound areas.

I didn't realize that was the attractant until I researched it a bit. I think the tree is healthy enough to treat, so I'm going to try and do so. The tree was certainly weak from lack of water, as it has brightened up considerably since we've begun watering it. The property we're in has sat vacant for months, and the prior residents didn't appear to take very good care of the trees (or any other vegetation) on the property.

23 posted on 05/09/2014 12:32:24 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: Axenolith

Don’t they get bark beetles, too, if it is dry and they are not in top condition? I think so — drought/ infestation.


24 posted on 05/09/2014 6:28:23 PM PDT by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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Yes, but the sap is what will bring them from a long ways off.


25 posted on 05/09/2014 6:52:01 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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