What, and you think we have to shut down the beaches so the cycle of life can continue? That's a bit far out! I've got bluebirds 30ft off my back deck presently working on their THIRD clutch of eggs. I've got a Phoebe nesting on the ledge above my front door, I've got Robins in a Cedar tree at one corner of my house and Purple Finches at another corner.I tend do disagree. It is more to conserve the land so there is space for the animals we enjoy catching, have a place to reproduce so we can catch more. Every fish and bird rely on each other some way in the food chain. With out one, the other will be gone as well.
Do a little research before you make stupid response.
A good place to start is here, reddrumtackle.com, and fishmilitia.com.
Get educated before you respond.
Well said.. There are just some people who like to start B.S. and just need to be ignored..And Nc-norm-wb there is no need to get everyone heated over such a sore subject with your double posting negativity.. Maybe this is not the board for you.. Just my 2centz..welcome aboard. I have to agree with the majority here, need to look at all the facts before forming an opinion. I for one believe that the beaches should be left as GOD intended them we have coexisted with the birds,turtles,ect... for hundreds of years why should they change it now!!!!
My point exactly when I talk about Ft Fisher. It is a well managed and well conceived plan that everyone abides by.Welcome aboard, NC-Norm-WB. You have to understand that tempers run a little high around this issue.
Believe it or not, we're not a bunch of bird-stomping dimwits. Some of us, myself included, think that endangered or threatened species have a right to use the beaches for nesting as they have for thousands of years. But I also believe that can be achieved with smart management strategies that don't ban humans from using the same territory.
On many beaches, fishermen are actually treated as partners by wildlife agencies. They keep an eye out for flipper tracks and immediately report turtle nests to the authorities for safe relocation. What the DNR gets back is an army of people looking out for endangered species, which get every opportunity to go on to replenish their kind. Ditto for the birds. I've dealt with sensible, limited closures up in my neck of the woods for years.
But the situation as it exists now has gone too far, and it's caused both sides to radicalize. I'm afraid that there's no nuance left in this debate. You're either a bunny-hugging ecoterrorist or a dimwitted hillbilly who thinks we should pave the planet.
If you try to take a middle road that preserves access and animals, both sides hate you.
. As far as the comment with the backyard birds, that was just silly. As an avid fisherman you know that certain species of fish need different habitats. Comparing a coastal animal to an inland animal isn't justifiable.
So I started doing some googling on scientific studies of the habits of plovers after they hatch. Turns out they wander like crazy. Damn. They do need a lot of habitat.You think birds in my back yard are silly? I think not! What is silly is a 1,000 meter, (that's right, three zeros), radius buffer around shorebirds! That's RADIUS my friend! Do the math and that comes out to just over a mile and a quarter for a bird. Now THAT'S silly!