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Road closed for birds

August 08, 2008 at 09:37 AM

At first flooding caused Odd Fellow Road near Jacob.

But after the floodwaters subsided, the Jackson County road remained closed for an unusual reason: bird nests.

Federally endangered least terns decided to nest on the gravel road and Southern Illinoisan outdoor scribe Les Winkeler reports that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided to keep the road closed to protect the birds.Illinois Outdoors

Terns typically nest on sandbars, but due to high water apparently moved elsewhere. Writes Winkeler:

According to a statement released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the terns chose the roads for two reasons—the road surfaces were above water and small, pea-size gravel was readily available.

Least terns are ground nesters, much like kildeer. They push rocks together to form a small cavity in which to lay their eggs.

Although the least tern regularly nests in Southern Illinois, they aren’t frequently spotted.

That was enough to attract Rhonda Rothrock of Pomona, pictured at right looking for terns.

The road will likely remain closed through September. Also closed through August is Swan Pond Road.

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Your CommentsComments :: Terms :: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Ridiculous. Items like this is why our gas was $4.25 3 weeks ago, and why we can’t drill, or use oil shale.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/08 at 11:03 AM

Sorry, folks, I had to remove two comments from this story today for personal attacks. Please refrain from insulting those who leave their opinions here.

Posted by Jerry Smith on 08/08 at 02:05 PM

Yeah, birds nesting in southern Illinois is what drives the price of oil on the world market.
(eye roll here)

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/08 at 02:56 PM

Yes,birds,spotted owl,caribou etc.. has stopped harvesting timber/drilling in the pacific NW, Anwar etc..High prices compliments of nancy pelosi and the sierra club.

Hope they don’t build a nest in your drivway…

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/09 at 07:22 PM

I’m tired of the B.S. too.  I get sick of the rich, corporate blood suckers, and general greed heads, getting a free pass, not paying any taxes, then bitching about not being able to make more money raping the land.  I’m a sportsman, a hunter, and a fisherman.  We’re living the good life here.  If we can’t shut down a country road for a little while to let an endangered species nest, what’s the point of living in the most prosperous country in the world.  Yeah, four dollar gas sucks, but Exxon is making record profits.  The problem isn’t that we can’t drill in Anwar.  THe problem is that the rich are screwing you.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/10 at 08:50 PM

Milo, you sound like a damn socialist. “rich corporate blood suckers getting free passes and not paying any taxes”???? Are you KIDDING ME. our corporations and the rich in this country pay more taxes than anyone.  The top 2% pay 50% of our tax dollars.  You have it pretty good…. so I would stop complaining about rich people and businesses not paying taxes, because if they pay any more taxes chances are socialists like you ain’t gonna have a job. But wait, if you jump on the Obama bandwagon, he is the savior and you will be just fine.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/12 at 06:39 PM

Closing a road for birds is the dumbest thing i have heard since I heard obama talk about putting more air in our tires.  If birds are too dumb to get off a road then they deserve to get ran over.  Ohhhhhh wait….. i must be a heartless s.o.b. to say something like that.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/12 at 06:41 PM

I am far from being a tree hugger but I at least have a big enough brain to figure out if a bird is on the endangered species list and it is nesting in an area that must be closed off, so be it.  Birds nest for less than 30 days so if you can’t handle it for that short of period, well too bad.  You ever heard of the future for our kids.  I spent several years at Fort Bragg (hoorah 82nd Airborne Division) where they had a bunch of red cockhayded (sp) woodpeckers nesting, it was an inconveinence but we dealt with it.  The freakin birds will be gone soon and life will go on.  Deal with it.  Oh ya, please don’t jump on the Obama band wagon.  We already have a freak from Chicago as a governor we don’t need a President from there too.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/12 at 10:48 PM

For all you who think EXXON is evil and makes to much money consider this. They pay $274,000 a minute in taxes, and $884,000 a minute to run the company. So $90,000 a minute in profit seems to be fair, especially considering they have shareholders they are responsible to. I think congress are the “rich” who are screwing us. I never said that some bird that I would have probably thought was a starling and shot with a BB gun as a kid was the cause of $4 gas in IL. Look at the bigger picture. No drilling off the coast of FL, because of possible environmental harm. Yet China has leased drilling rights 50 miles off Cuba. Thank god China has such a good environmental record. Ever been to A? The wildlife are really suffering from the pipeline. Ask   mayor Butler of Marion about the supposedly rare “crested, spotted, warbled lizard, bird, something”, that possibly could be harmed because the Sierra Club says so, is preventing Marion, IL from constructing a reservoir to actually have a city water supply, instead of piping it over 30 miles from Rend Lake. Wind and solar are great, but the enviro-nuts have “concerns” about what possible ramifications that it may have on native plants and wildlife. Its this whole attitude coupled with the clean alternative fuel pipe dream mantra that is why we have $4 gas (well that and a boatload of taxes). Some of you people need to come out of the clouds, and back down to reality. Balance is the key. I don’t believe in raping the land to get all our resources (obviously I wouldn’t come to this site), but the last time I checked our vehicles don’t run on Al Gore’s hot wind.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/13 at 12:15 PM

I never said Exxon was evil, I just pointed out that they were making RECORD PROFITS while the rest of us were sucking hind tit.  And “b,” the top 2% of the people make 75% of the money, so if they are only paying 50%, they’re getting away with something.  And, by the way, I’ll probably hold my nose and vote for McCain because of his stance on the war, because, right now, that trumps the economy no matter how much the republicans can screw it up.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/13 at 10:14 PM

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