I am a lifelong birder, love virtually all things natural-history related (sorry plants), and work for a large environmental consulting firm. All of these experiences provide me with a unique viewpoint on the world we live in – and as time goes by I find my focus is drawn more and more to our “endangered” or “at risk” species found in Ontario and beyond…Ever since I was a child, the word “endangered” carried a certain mystique, an allure of scarcity… These species can define a habitat or location… And heck – they can even provide a living if the circumstances are correct.
Despite my limited time taking interest in such things, I can’t help but feel we are at a crossroads in such processes… Sure, I’m new to all of this – but I can say (with some conviction) that things just ain’t like they used to be. Some of the shine has worn off, as it were… I can beat around the bush for hours, but once you slap “Threatened” next to “Barn Swallow” – well, people just won’t be takin you seriously anymore.
So I'm taking matters into my own hands... The process is too slow, and may well be outdated… In the age of instant information and communication, the everyday man (or woman) has no time for delays, debates, consultation, facts or reading. We need these matters dealt with as quickly (and inexpensively) as possible. I have therefore decided to start COSBIRDF, or;
the Committee On the Status of Birds Internationally, Really Declining or F#©ked
I've taken it upon myself to create the new species list for Ontario... Criteria are utterly subjective and rigorously applied. Let me know if you have any suggestions and we can adopt them ASAP... The list! -
Really F’in Endangered:
Should be Threatened:
Not Actually Threatened:
Not sure if Threatened:
American White Pelican