[Tweeters] RE: [ "Lake Ballard" shorebirds - Urban Shorebirding HOTSPOT!

Dennis Paulson dennispaulson at comcast.net
Thu Aug 11 13:02:29 PDT 2016

Hi, Mike.

Thanks for putting this in perspective so well. Those of us who fought so diligently to regain shorebird habitat at the Center for Urban Horticulture feel this especially, as I do personally as I have been lobbying to get the parks department to eliminate some of the woody vegetation that has grown all around the ponds at Magnuson Park. Riparian habitat seems to be desired above all else by all of our agencies and departments, I would guess in part or entirely stemming from the well-being of salmonids consistently placed above that of birds. Riparian habitat is of course a valuable habitat, but it doesn’t have to be everywhere. It is of value in providing shade for fish as well as habitat for birds along streams, but it actually decreases overall biodiversity as it grows up around ponds, which get a lot of their high productivity and wildlife value from glaring open sunlight and open shorelines where shorebirds can feed.

The only thing that will change this is a change in attitude, and we know how hard that is.

Dennis Paulson
1724 NE 98 St.
Seattle, WA 98115

On Aug 11, 2016, at 12:00 PM, tweeters-request at mailman1.u.washington.edu wrote:

> Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2016 21:50:37 +0000

> From: "Scuderi, Michael R NWS" <Michael.R.Scuderi at usace.army.mil>

> Subject: [Tweeters] RE: [ "Lake Ballard" shorebirds - Urban

> Shorebirding HOTSPOT!

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> Went to Lake Ballard today at around 1130. There were 6 Western sandpipers, 1 least and 3 killdeer.


> I find it amazing that our migrants find these little temporary patches of habitat. They are becoming so rare. As more mature habitats develop in our urban areas, these little pockets which formerly might have provided habitat for shorebirds disappear as the riparian fringe grows up and covers the mudflat area, leaving only open water and riparian edge. Or worse, development takes them.


> Ed Swan, in the "Birds of Vashon" did an excellent job describing the shifting of bird populations as habitat matures . There are winners and losers, and in this case our shorebirds are the losers. If one looks at former shorebird habitat in the Kent Valley, it is almost all gone (who can remember the Tukwila Ponds, Kent Ponds, and Auburn Sewage Treatment Plant?),with only J Street by Emerald Downs remaining. The Montlake Fill is also a good example of transition away from shorebird habitat. I guess, if you are involved in any restoration projects, you should remember shorebird habitat. It goes against the trend recreating riparian forest but it does compensate for our loss of estuaries which a number of our shorebirds used to utilize in migration.


> Mike Scuderi

> Kent, WA

> Cotinga777 at yahoo.com

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