Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/21/1996
This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Wednesday, Feb. 21, 1996, with reports of BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, ROSS' GOOSE, RED-NECKED GREBES, COM. REDPOLLS, N. SHRIKES, LAPLAND LONGSPURS, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS, EVENING GROSBEAKS, local reports and an important conservation note: first that. Feb. 27 (Tues.) is National Call-in Day to the House to repeal the rider that allows damaging salvage logging in the National Forests. Call your House member at 202-224-3121 and ask him/her to support the Furse/Morella bill, HR 2745, to repeal the rider. More details following the reports. Thanks.

The male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was still present Feb. 18 at the Scudder's Falls bridge (Rt. 95) on the Delaware River. Park at the Fisherman's Access on the Pennsylvania side, off Rte. 32 (River Road). Also there Feb. 17, ICELAND GULL and RED-NECKED GREBE.

A ROSS' GOOSE was present Feb. 18 and 21 off Commissioners Pike in Daretown, Salem County, among thousands of SNOW GEESE. Also in Salem County this week were lots of HORNED LARKS and SNOW BUNTINGS, and among them some LAPLAND LONGSPURS. Four Lapspurs were at Daretown on Commissioners Pike Feb. 21. Another was at Woodstown Feb. 18; another was on Point Airy Rd. near Sharptown Feb. 22; two were at the pond on Compromise Rd, Mannington; and in the same area, 2 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS were on Rte. 45 north of Mannington Marsh. Some 20 EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a feeder near the Chatsworth Municipal Building, along with some CHIPPING SPARROWS; MERLINS were seen at Medford and Chatsworth, all Feb. 18.

On the shore this week were an adult ICELAND GULL and the EURASIAN WIGEON at Lake Takannassee; RED-NECKED GREBES at the Shrimp Box on Channel Drive inside Manasquan Inlet and another in the Belmar Marina at Shark River; LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL on Lake Como; and a PEREGRINE at Shark River.

Elsewhere, REDHEADS continue at DeMotts Pond, Clinton, and at the HMEC in Lyndhurst. The adult ICELAND GULL continues at Oldham Pond in Haledon near Franklin Lakes, usually there between 9 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. COMMON REDPOLLS were reported this week in Flanders, Morristown, Berkeley Heights and at Hoffman in Bernardsville. NORTHERN SHRIKES continue at Lyons and in Great Swamp.

Here are details on repeal of the logging rider: since July, 1995, environmental laws like the ESA, the Clean Water Act, etc., have been suspended for any timber sale classified as "salvage logging" (broadly defined) in our National Forests. The results: money-losing timber sales, clearcuts, more roads, damage to rivers and streams, threats to wildlife. Reps. Furse (D-OR) and Morella (R- MD) have filed a bill, HR 2745, "Restoration of Natural Resources Laws on the Public Lands Act", that repeals the rider to the Rescissions Act of 1995 that suspended the environmental laws.

Please call your House member on Feb. 27(Tue), National call- in day, to ask him/her to cosponsor the Furse/Morella Bill to repeal the timber rider, restore our environmental laws, and protect our wildlife and forests. Call your member at 202-224-3121. There are 94 co-sponsors to date; 218 votes are needed. Thanks. Good birding.

The Voice of NJ Audubon [(908) 766-2661] is a regular weekly report on birding in New Jersey. The tape is changed regularly on Wednesdays, more often when necessary. [Compiled by R. Kane, NJ Audubon; transcribed for National Birding Hotline Cooperative by L. Larson, llarson@ pucc.princeton.edu.] To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (908) 647-2357. Good birding, and thank you for calling.

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