Consciousness Raising: Not just a buzzword from the 60’s – Daily Prompt: Morality Play
Migratory bird protection statutes are very fresh in mind this morning, as I stumbled across instructions for cooking a heron online today. I was gobsmacked.
People who have visited my blog may have noticed a sidebar module titled “Protecting Birds.” Among the listings are a few that speak to the “ethics” of bird photography and that pertain to the US Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This ethos around birding started in my childhood – where my mother had inexpensive Audubon prints in our dining room and red cardinal ornaments on the Christmas tree – and has evolved in adulthood, as I sought out resources for birders and nature photographers. It is a work in progress.
The MBTA heron protections are very fresh in mind this morning, as I stumbled across instructions for cooking a heron online today. To say the least, I was gobsmacked.
The MBTA protects many herons, including these and more:
HERON, Gray, Ardea cinerea
Great Blue, Ardea herodias
Green, Butorides virescens
[Green-backed (see Green)]
Little Blue, Egretta caerulea
[Pacific Reef (see REEF-EGRET, Pacific)]
Tricolored, Egretta tricolor
For the full list, click here.
It occurred to me that the author was simply unaware, but how does that old maxim go, ignorance of the law is no excuse? So, I sent along some pertinent links to try to raise the author’s consciousness around protected birds, and my hope is that nobody cooks or eats a heron. Fingers crossed.
There are ways we can raise consciousness that are graceful, or that are strident. Unfortunately, I can sometimes tend towards the latter, but here is a very gracefully done post about posessing feathers in The View From Kestrel Hill. Check it out.
There are photographers who place food bait or play birdcalls to lure birds into specific settings in order to photograph them. I am not one of them. If you’re a bird photographer, please take a moment and visit the links in my Protecting Birds widget.
The birds will thank you.
Thanks for the Daily Prompt nudge, Michelle W and WordPress.
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Posted on June 24, 2013, in ardea herodias, Bird photography, Birds, daily prompt, Great Blue Heron, Inspiration, Nature, Photography, postaday, Wildlife Photography and tagged ardea herodias, babsje, great blue heron, heron, postaday. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.