[Tweeters] Urban Issues: Building for Birds

Mark Ahlness mahlness at gmail.com
Wed Jan 11 17:20:12 PST 2017

Just read an article about a newly developed online tool to evaluate the
effects of urban development on bird habitat. In Seattle, development is
spiraling out of control, with environmental concerns taking a back seat -
well, let's face it, they're not on even on the bus anymore.

"The online tool calculates scores for three separate habitat categories:
1) breeding/wintering habitat, 2) stopover habitat during migration, and 3)
as breeding or stopover habitat in residential areas with trees."

This is very encouraging to me - a tool even small groups trying to
preserve urban "forest fragments" can add to their arsenal, to slow/stop
the urban development movement that currently leads with a chainsaw:


Mark Ahlness
mahlness at gmail.com
Seattle, WA
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