Wednesday, December 08, 2004


Residents of the building had objected to large bird droppings and, occasionally, the carcasses of pigeons

Keep in mind how liberals championed the cause of the spotted owl. Progress and industry are almost always thwarted by environmentalists as they despair over the state of the environment. Of course, the western states are always the one that attract the liberal-environmentalists ire. States that lie in the Northeast are spared for political reasons even though the Northeast has been the most decimated by too much development, sprawl, smog and industry. Liberals love to tell their frontier neighbors how to keep the land, air and water pristine. Those who live in states like Alaska, Wyoming, Montana, Arizona and others are not allowed to decide how to develop and protect their own land.

Even though Alaskans yearn for innovative ways to improve their economy, environmentalists are vowing to do whatever it takes to prevent the drilling of 11 billion barrels of oil beneath Alaska's tundra. Recently, a San Diego juror convicted a graduate physics student on charges connected with the firebombing of a Hummer dealership last year.. This week, eco-terrorists are suspected of setting brand-new housing developments on fire. The Washington Times reported that "More than 40 expensive houses under construction in Charles County were burned early yesterday in a development that has drawn criticism from environmentalists because it is next to a nature preserve. Arson is suspected in at least four of the 41 blazes, a state fire official said."

But, in the heart of the bluest of states, New York, certain Manhattan residents are up in arms over the antics of a few rare hawks. The hawks have dared to nest in the most exclusive of locales, a Fifth Avenue apartment building overlooking Central Park. So, the epi-center of pet liberal environmental causes has seen fit to destroy the delicate and precious habitat of several of God's creatures.

[New York Times] A nest constructed a decade ago by red-tailed hawks 12 stories above Central Park, creating an unlikely wildlife habitat that has delighted bird lovers from around the world, was removed yesterday, apparently by workers for its host co-op apartment building.

City officials and naturalists reacted with anger, even though there appeared to be little legal recourse for the nest's destruction.
But Ms. Moore said other residents of the building had objected to large bird droppings and, occasionally, the carcasses of pigeons - which hawks prey upon - that landed on the sidewalk in front of their lobby. She said her husband had attended a recent co-op board meeting, and had been informed of its all-but-unanimous decision to remove the nest, even though he had objected to the move.

Adrian Benepe, the commissioner of the Department of Parks and Recreation, said his staff was unable late yesterday to determine whether removing the nest violated any state or federal wildlife-protection laws, and would explore the matter again today.

"Our domain doesn't extend to the tops of people's roofs," Mr. Benepe said. "Regardless of legality, I am concerned about whether this was ethical, or the right thing to do."

The New York Times: Hawks' Nest, a Fixture in New York, Is Destroyed


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