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Immigration in Wildlife
March 16, 2020
With all of the fear mongering, and hording going on with the media and stores, I'm rather embarrassed to admit I'm part of the human race.
Where is the consideration and thoughts for others?
Especially for the folks that really need certain supplies.
When do we come together, calm each other, and possibly share?
A few happier moments .....
An early Happy St. Patrick's day to ya all.
Yes, it seems as though everyone finds a bit "O" the Irish in them selves tomorrow.
Including the Patterson house, as we plan on a dinner of "Corned beef and Cabbage" with the fixens.
Here is a bit-o-trivia for ya today.
Did you know that Ireland has more tourists than residents?
More than 9 million visitors last year, compared to 4.9 million citizens.
Ireland is the best place on the planet to avoid an earthquake.
No epicenter has ever been records there.
The only town in the world to be named St. Patrick is in Missouri.
The first week of daylight savings time was a dream.
For much of the week, we had sunshine and temperatures in the 40's.
Friday actually made to 50's once or twice.
With the warmer days and no snow, it appears that winter has lost its strangle hold here in SW. Michigan.
I'm still looking out of the corner of my eye for another shoe to drop (snowstorm), however.
SPRING, officially arrives this week.
We all need some positive news right now.
This time of year, migration captures all the headlines in the bird world.
Why not, so much is going on.
There are birds to welcome and there are others to bid farewell to.
So why would I bring up immigration?
Birds as immigrants?
You may not give it a first or second thought, but yes birds (wildife), and immigration.
We are all aware of introduced species of birds like European starlings, House sparrows, Rock pigeons and Mute swans.
Well, you now have immigrants.
Are these species legal, or illegal immigrants?
I don't have the answer.
They were introduced before rules and regulations were put into place.
Much like our fore-fathers, they were introduced to North America and as they say the rest is history.
But you see, these birds are immigrants.
And they have immigrated across most of North America and have caused great damage to our native birds and crops.
What about illegal immigration in the bird world?
Florida, Hawaii and other states are filled with illegal aliens.
Birds that are smuggled in for the exotic bird business and birds that have been released and escape that have caused problems.
Recently, illegal Immigrants like Pythons are wreaking havoc, on Florida's wildlife and family pets.
Non-native Immigrants flourish while our native birds struggle and some are no longer.
Native parakeets of the deep South and Passenger pigeons are gone forever.
Okay, I mentioned two forms of immigration, but there is a third form of immigration.
We don't look at expansion as immigration, but it is.
I have written several times on Northern cardinals. How they once were strictly a bird of the deep South, but due to man , expanded or immigrated North and West ward as the conditions were in the birds favor.
Cardinals can be found in Arizona, Hawaii and were once shipped to Europe as a caged bird.
In limited numbers, the same holds true for Tufted titmice as they were once a deep South bird and are now common in New England and the Great Lakes region, as well as southern Canada.
House finches introduced from the West coast to the East coast and immigrating West.
Since the 1950’s the Brewer’s Blackbird, a relative of the Red-winged blackbird, has been moving eastward first from the West Coast of Oregon and California, to the Great lakes Region and then towards the East Coast,
Food and new breeding grounds.
The Inca dove first arrived as a native of Mexico and has slowly expanded Northward into Kansas and Arkansas.
For much of the same reason.
A lack of habitat and better habitat has some bird populations on the move.
This is happening with several native and non-native birds.
Call it what you want, expansion or immigration, it is all the same.
It works for people, birds, insects and some animals as well.
Once a symbol of the 'Old West', now occupy most of North America, even in our largest cities like Chicago and New York.
They can be seen around here.
What has made the Coyote so successful while other creatures were being destroyed.
They are often a solitary creature.
They get together to mate, the rest of the time they live alone.
Yes they have been seen (and heard), in packs, but generally are seen as a single animal.
This solitary interloper is able to hide, survive, thrive and immigrate to new territories.
Now from the West coast to the East coast.
And don't forget the illegal Immigrants that hitch a ride.
Rats, insects, viruses, etc.
Immigration has kept several birds and critters alive and well.
At the same time, several birds have suffered from immigration.
Legal or illegal immigration, we are all here because of it.
Well, it's time to fly for now.
Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.
“A Great man is he who doesn't lose his child's heart.”
Mencius: 317-291 BC
From the word of God.
And said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."
"Treat the earth well:
It was not given to you by your parents,
It was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our
Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."
Ancient Indian Proverb.
Your friend indeed,
Better yet, have them sign up so they can receive their own letters.
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