Stop blackbird slaughter for sunflower seeds

The USDA is planning to poison 2 million red-winged blackbirds this spring as they migrate back through North Dakota. Although birdseed is not the largest use of sunflower seeds, it is my main use of sunflower seeds. I don’t want them tainted with so much needless death.

The Audubon Society
and the American Bird Conservancy
are trying to stop the killing. The Audubon magazine also published two
on the issue.

To understand the U.S. government’s position – for example, how this expands on existing poisoning programs used to support rice farmers in Texas and Louisiana, see the Sunflower Project Page
, or some of the supporting research
. The second one has an especially ironic typo at the top of the seventh page: “Morality
Estimation.” And there’s more available from

I urge you to write to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman, your senators and representatives to stop this useless slaughter:

The Honorable Ann Veneman
United States Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250  

21:31:58 PM

-12°C (10.4°F) Thin clouds stretched like gauze over the moon brought thin snow like gauze over the earth. Apparently we need a little more healing before spring can come.