So, it isn’t a hot topic, but this just takes the cake for me. 

Today, Tuesday the 21st, the US Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries had a media teleconference “Press conference to discuss the new 2006 Suggested Practices for Avian Protection on Power Lines. The original guidance was written in 1975 and updated in 1996. The new edition was written by the Avian Power Line Interaction Committee, which is associated with the Edison Electric Institute. The committee is composed of members from the electric power industry as well as the conservation community.”

I’m so glad my tax dollars are being used to keep birds from being electrocuted.  Lest anyone think that I am being sacreligious here, be it known that this also keeps the electricity from going off in my house.  But… I like the way the Dept of Interior puts the priority of protection… birds first, humans second. 

Is it just me?  Does anyone else see it?  When a bird poops on my car I could care less whether it’s protected from electrocution or not.  But, I am quite grateful that the press was invited by special invitation to this affair with all the conservationists and hobnobs of the Dept of Interior in order to find out how the DOI along with the Defenders of Wildlife intend to keep birds from being electrocuted.  I’m quite sure it was a worthy event.   Maybe, just maybe I’m getting too cynical in my old age.

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Gina Burgess is the editor of The Tensas Gazette and a redactor for internet marketing company.  She is a columnist for Live As If.org and a site admin for Studylight.org.  Visit her blog at Refreshment In Refuge.

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