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Deseret farmer. (Provo, Utah) 1904-1912, September 26, 1908, Image 14

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f ORNITHOLOGY.
The Robin., A Notable Victory.
S.nH. Goodwin.
That is good news, brought by thei
daily papers, of the great victory won
!by the Audubon Society and its
I friends in Louisiana, in behalf of thev
Rvlbin. For years it has'Jbccn a no
torious fact that pot-hurucrs were
killing Robins by the -hundreds of
thousands (the number is placed ..t
one million for the past season by
competent authorities) every winter
iffi Jthe Creole state. That state, iin
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common with Texas and Alabama,
4 Wd maintained an open season for
. tho Robin, with the result already
stated; they were hunted, as other
game would be hunted, and exposed
for sale in the market stalls. As a
result of the vigorous campaign car
ried on by the National Audubon So
, cicty, and its auxiliaries, during the
Ipast four years, the people were led
tol sec how closely the destruction of
birds and especially of the Robin
touched their material interests. The
3' work of these organizations was sup-
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plcmcntcd by government experts
who were sent into Louisiana to in-
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iv.cstigato the food habits of these
if
birds. When it was shown as a re
suit of these investigations that the
, steady extension, eastward, of the
dreaded Boll Weevil was partly due,
or had been greatly facilitated, at al
events, by the reckless destruction of
I the Robins, the people "began to say
things to their representatives in the
State legislature, and soon enough of
those representatives became suffi
ciently sensative to the people's in
terests to carry through both houses
a bill that removed the Robin from
the game list. Of course, this com
mendable action was not brought
about without united, determined and
continuous effort, for those who prof
ited by the destruction of the birds,
did not give up without a. bitter strug
gle. The victory therefore, is all the
more pleasing because it represents
a triumph of larger and more humane
interests over narrow and purely local,
and selfish considerations.
I This piece of much-needed legisla
tion is of more than passing interest
and -portance to us, and to all who
live in any of the northern tiers of
states. Many of the birds which go
to Louisiana and other southern
states for the winter, build their
homes ..and- rear their broods among
us. We have the benefit of their lit-
u tle-raPPrcc'atcd but none the less
real and valuable services through the
spring, summer and fall months. Their
,work means' uncounted thousands of
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dollars to the tillers of the soil and
the; growers of fruit. We therefore
arc not going beyond the bounds of
our interests and rights, when we re
joice over this victory for the Robin,
orcven aid in securing similarrllcgis-
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lation in states where our common in
terests are not properly protected.
And in this matter, the benefits arc
not all on the side of those who live
where the birds have their summer
homes. In this respect, as in others
where the larger concerns of our
common country arc involved, that
which benefits one section may be of
advantage to another. And besides,
there is opportunity more there is
a demand, for rcciprocativc action.
Less than a year ago the Bureau of
Biological Survey issued circular No.
56, entitled: "Value of Swallows as
Insect Destroyers." The avowed ob
ject of that circular was: "First, to
make known the great value of swal
lows as insect destroyers and to em
phasize the importance of protecting
them wherever found; second, to
widely publish the peculiar value of
these ibirds in the war now being
waged in the South against the cot
ton boll weevil, and to ask for the co
operation of citizens of the Northern
States where these -.birds chiefly nest,
in an effort to increase their num
bers.' No properly informed, right
minded person would think of dc
stroyirfg such highly useful birds a?
the swallows every consideration
makes against such action but in this
circular we liave weighty reasons
urged, not only for their protection,
but also for definite action in the di
rection of encouraging their increase.
The people of the south-land need the
assistance of the wallows in their
desperate battle with the boll weevil;
one of the staples of the country is
threatened, and these birds can aid in
stemming the tide. And we can be
of service to the cotton growers of the
land by acting in accordance with the
suggestions of the circular referred
,to, Likewise, when Louisiana, and
other states to the south of us akc the
Robin from the game 'J,t and extend
to red-breast the protection accorded
to other insectiverous birds, they ren
der a positive service and touch inter-
WJ&MS Yft?Mp, welfare of
our people.
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