The resolution to recognize migratory bird Day, based on local efforts to obtain the status of “Texas bird City”, was approved by the San Antonio City Council and approved in December 2020.
The resolution says that “migratory birds face great perils during their annual journeys across the hemisphere, and calls from local communities to raise awareness can greatly contribute to the protection of their animals.”
Little great blue herons classified by the Texas Fish and Wildlife Service as a protected species of great concern in 2021: The Tricolor Heron and the SGCN Snow Heron migrate from the Gulf coast, Mexico, Central and South America to nest throughout North America.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife and Audubon program called Bird City Texas – the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is a community-oriented certification program created to help people protect birds and their habitats where we live, work and rest.
The certification criteria are designed to have an impact and be effective in controlling habitat loss and other harmful factors affecting birds.
Every spring, migratory herons and female great egrets nest in San Antonio.
People who know me call me Lady bird. I work with migratory birds as a qualified rescuer, photographer and author. For the past five years, I have observed and documented their nesting sites in Brackenridge Park, with special attention to the species most in need of conservation (SGCN) listed on the TPWD: Texas State conservation action plan as part of the state’s wildlife action plans: Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies. fishwildlife.org ).
In July 2021, without the public’s knowledge, the City of San Antonio hired the USDA Wildlife Service to “move” migratory birds around the city, as well as other wildlife members.
According to a study conducted by researcher Sahana Ramdas, the aphid control unit of the United States Department of Agriculture is known for using lethal techniques to “manage” wildlife populations. He noted that a big part of the problem is that regulators continue to cling to outdated myths and refuted by evidence, that hunting helps reduce conflicts between humans and wild animals, or that lethal methods are “humane.””The “management” of wildlife by the US government leads to a slow and painful passed away of animals. ladyfreethinker.org )
2022 was by far the worst year for herons, egrets and cormorants here in San Antonio. Those of us who watched birds while building their nests, sitting on eggs for almost a month and raising our chicks would end up having PTSD symptoms and questions about why this bird city is not so bird friendly.
The Audubon local preferred to remain silent, suggesting that the birds could have been relocated elsewhere after decades of nesting along this 14.03-acre river habitat, which was listed on the r2ubh national wetland register
The roughness at the historic Brackenridge Park included beating city workers with 2×4 wooden planks, and the USDA Wildlife Service used lasers, explosive cartridges fired from blank guns aimed at birds.
Reports of shotgun blasts in the early morning confirmed the purpose of obtaining permission to destroy the FWS. While the city’s deputy parks director Bill Pennell has repeatedly stated that the birds “will be relocated humanely, not fatally.”