As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Residents push back against city plan to move birds from Elmendorf Lake on San Antonio’s West Side

Liz Teitz Feb. 12, 2019 Updated: Feb. 13, 2019 6:54 a.m.
 The Bexar Audubon Society, the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center and residents near Elmendorf Lake are pushing back against plans by the city and Joint Base San Antonio to disperse hundreds of cattle egrets.
During a meeting Monday night at Our Lady of the Lake University, they called on the military to provide more evidence of birds’ potential danger to pilots and accused the city of inadequately communicating with the community about the plan.
The city and JBSA have worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to develop a plan to cut lakeside underbrush and use lasers, pyrotechnics and other bright lights and loud noises to encourage the large cattle egret population to roost elsewhere.
The lake is in the middle of the West Side. The rookery, on what’s commonly called Bird Island, has between 800 and 1,200 cattle egrets during breeding season, according to Brianna Kubiak, a USDA airport wildlife hazard biologist.
Other species, including great egrets, snowy egrets and cormorants, also live in the area, which residents are concerned about disturbing.

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