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July 04, 2011


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The Zen Birdfeeder

L.C.: thank you.


Yes i have to say i couldnt agree more. It really is refreshing to see a fairly complex issue explained so clearly and coherently. Many thanks i really enjoyed the read.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Kathiesbird, thanks so much for adding your voice to this issue. I guess if each of us spoke out and reached one or two people, we'd start some change. Unfortunately, I think I've been preachin' to the choir.


Nancy, what a sad story and I so agree with you1 In all the yards I have lived in recently I refused to apply pesticide or herbicides for the very reasons you stated. and when I see those companies pulling up in front of my neighbor's houses and walking around with their poison hoses spraying everything in sight I just cringe! How I wish more people would care about this!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Margaret - very well stated! Thank you!


Nancy - that's one of the many reasons I like living here. I mow the weeds occasionally, enjoy my wildflowers (and the birds that pick up the weed seeds in the fall), and don't have to worry about neighbors with too much time on their hands agonizing about how much their property values will go down if I have one dandelion on my "lawn." Personally, I think monocultures are boring, and anyway what right do we have of depriving the birds and other creatures of their supermarket? If nature teaches us anything, it's that it's all about diversity.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Barbara - thank you for your thoughtful comment and actions. We can all help fight the battle in our own little ways. Actions speak loudly; don't underestimate that!


Nancy that makes me so sad. We have many communities now in Canada where spraying for weeds is illegal, and I know several people who make an effort to control those they don't like by digging them out, weed by weed... I personally am not fond of thistles in my pathways, but cut them back. Like you I'll do my best to try to remind people that chemicals often kill everything - including those who use them, not just the birds. Responsibility towards our environment means responsibility for our actions, all actions, as you have clearly pointed out. Well done.

As for educating others, we can all write letters to the editor of the local paper, to magazines, ask to go on radio or local tv shows - or ask that they cover these topics in the news...tell our friends the downside. The more noise we make the better - and everyone does have a voice in some way shape or form.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Ellen - the information is out there but there has to be a connection made in people's minds that when they use chemicals (of any type!), it impacts the environment. We're not there yet and lawn care companies aren't helping things by nonchalantly convincing people that there's no harm in it.
What a hypocrisy that Scott's Fertilizer is delving into selling birdseed!!!


That is just awful! Personally, I don't understand the obsession with lawns that many people have, but I'm sure there are more responsible ways to create a "perfect" green lawn.

Whenever I see those little yellow signs indicating that someone's yard has been treated with chemicals (as required in my county), I wonder: How can we educate our neighbors - especially the non-birders - about the impact of their choices?

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