A few odds and ends for this Wednesday in early January:
The federal Bureau of Land Management recently released a policy document showing migratory bird deaths at oil and gas operation waste pits have been reduced by 50 percent to 75 percent in the past 15 years, saving 1 million to 1½ million birds. According to the BLM, about 2 million birds died in 1997 by landing in chemical-laden wastewater pits associated with oil and gas operations. Today, 500,000 to 1 million birds die in the pits.
“Seeing this downward trend in bird mortality is great news. Enforcement of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act by dedicated staff of the Fish and Wildlife Service and implementation of Best Management Practices by BLM is obviously making a difference. And the willingness of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to prosecute offenses clearly provides the needed incentive to make sure that the industry shows diligence in following the law,” Dr. George Fenwick, President of American Bird Conservancy, one of the nation’s leading bird conservation organizations, said in a statement.
“I have every reason to believe that with continued persistence by the feds, that this downward trend in the oil and gas industry will continue. In the meantime ABC is still deeply concerned about birds killed by the fast-growing wind power industry, as it continues to rely on unenforceable voluntary guidelines for its operations.”
The Min-Dak Border Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association collected 279 deer hides during the 2012 deer season as part of its annual Hides for Habitat program drive. According to Loren Abel, chapter president, that’s down from 385 hides in 2011.
Bill Lindner has been inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame as a “Legendary Communicator” for his contributions to fishing. A renowned fishing, hunting and food photographer, he joins his dad, Ron Lindner, and uncle, Al Lindner, as Hall of Fame inductees. During his 36-year career, Lindner’s photos have graced numerous covers of national sportfishing magazines, print ads, tackle and marine commercials and the Internet.