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Acorn woodpeckers: Please sign petition asking Rossmoor NOT to kill them

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, December 10th, 2008 at 6:36 am in Acorn woodpeckers, Rossmoor Retirement Community.

Acorn woodpecker by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, Calif.

In case you haven’t already noticed, there’s a problem with acorn woodpeckers in Walnut Creek’s Rossmoor Retirement Community.

The acorn woodpeckers are pecking holes in some of the buildings. This is a common problem when you construct buildings in the middle of an oak woodland open space area. Unfortunately, Rossmoor wants to kill up to 50 of these birds, rather than use some of the non-fatal solutions that are available to them.

A committee formed of members of our own local Mt. Diablo Audubon Society, using resources from a collection of renowned acorn woodpecker authorities from Cornell University, UC-Berkeley and UC-Davis, has volunteered to help Rossmoor solve their problem. And a volunteer from the Walnut Creek Open Space Association has also volunteered to set up artificial acorn woodpecker granaries around the problem areas to attract the woodpeckers AWAY from the buildings.

Killing the woodpeckers won’t solve the problem. New woodpeckers will simply move into the area to replace woodpeckers that are killed. That’s how the natural world works.

Instead, Rossmoor needs to listen to the experts and work with local volunteers to REALLY solve the problem WITHOUT killing any birds.

Please sign petition:
There’s a new Web site that has lots more details about Rossmoor and the acorn woodpeckers PLUS a petition that you can sign asking Rossmoor NOT TO KILL THE WOODPECKERS. Please sign it:

Thanks for caring. /Gary

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7 Responses to “Acorn woodpeckers: Please sign petition asking Rossmoor NOT to kill them”

  1. Pat in Antioch Says:

    Signed! Hope many more do the same!

  2. Irene L. Jorgensen Says:

    I hope and pray that Rossmoor will not kill the woodpeckers. I find it very difficult to comprehend that “we – humans” want to live in “their” natural environment, yet when “they” get in “our way” we decide to kill them. How ghastly unfair to the creature. They never asked that we invade their territory. Please Rossmoor, work with the professionals and please don’t kill the woodpeckers. I thought I heard that you also a professional killer for the wild turkeys, what’s next, hunting, killing old people.

  3. Mona Reeva Says:

    Destroying wildlife when there are other solutions is short sighted and creates a void in the ecology of our planet. Don’t do it! Us better methods than killing acorn woodpeckers to solve this problem!

  4. Nora King Says:

    These birds are beautiful! They are most welcome here in Martinez, where we have an abundance of cork oaks.

  5. Kit Fisher Says:

    Really! Why do the Rossmoreans insist on killing the woodpeckers, by gun no less, when the Audubon Society and others tell them this does NOTHING to solve the problem, just kill a bunch of birds. Really. What is with these people. Are they senile or something?

  6. Paulette Kenyon Says:

    That may be true, Kit. I think it’s worse than that, though. I think they are spiritually dead and hopelessly rigid. It’s unfortunate. I see some elderly people who have become expansive and brave in their old age. That doesn’t seem to be the case in Rossmoor. Instead, they want a parklike setting; but, they don’t want any real animals to live there. I imagine that the whole place is lacquered with pesticides, so they don’t have to worry about a single bug jumping on them as they hobble around. It’s a sign of their times – the age when asbestos and pesticides were good things and nature was to be conquered and destroyed. Let’s hope there are enough real human beings over there to override this hideous “final solution.” There are a number of genuinely kind solutions to this dilemma.

  7. Kurt Nordquist Says:

    I’m going to broad brush selfish developers and development management. If they left the dead trees alone and built the structures out of durable materials not styrofoam. The woodpeckers are a positive asset. ps aren’t they protected by the Migratory Bird Act? The developers may be rich how do they trump this international treaty?

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