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Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: April 13 ELECTION: CALL OF LIFE FROM A DYING WORLD

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“Don’t save the biosphere and we are dooming ourselves.” ~ E.O. Wilson

“The number of wild animals on Earth has halved in the past 40 years, according to a new analysis. Creatures across land, rivers and the seas are being decimated as humans kill them for food in unsustainable numbers, while polluting or destroying their habitats, the research by scientists at WWF and the Zoological Society of London found,” Damian Carrington reported in September 2014 in The Guardian.

The Monday, April 13, Conservation Congress election, deceptively named a “hearing,” is primarily a vitally important election, both a citizen right and a responsibility. This delegation is “only advisory,” but then it is the only elected citizen advisory for governing our public lands, 94 percent of which is funded by citizens who kill no wildlife. On April 13, citizens can make proposals regarding issues of clean air, water, climate, GMO labeling, mining, and fair funding and participation in stewarding our wildlife. Two of five delegate positions open up in every county every year to any citizen who cares to take a leadership role in saving Wisconsin from being a deadening and very violent environment. It could be transformed in two years to be representative of the wide variety of critical interests beyond killing wildlife, if concerned people answer the call of life.

This is an appeal to humane women to bring their cooperative, peaceful talents and stand as candidates in their own counties. Candidates can nominate each other on the night of the election and have only to be over 18 and live in that county. Say a few words about why you want to help. No science required. Hunters and trappers will have two candidates standing for election in every county. Many rural counties have only 20 to 30 attendees. One of every 1,000 citizens usually attends — about 6,000, less than 100 per county. This is appalling apathy at a time when humans are destroying life on earth. Stand up. Being a delegate is a great learning experience in grass-roots leadership.

I was the first predator-protector delegate elected in over 70 years, in Dane County, 1999-2002. I served on the trapping committee (against). It is a four meetings-per-year time commitment.

The current delegates have kept this state locked in 1850’s domination models, many having been delegates 25 to 40 years. Times have changed dramatically and these people deny science, accelerating destruction of our fellow creatures for recreation and power. We need the exact opposite: beavers in the streams creating habitat for half of the rare and disappearing species on earth, bears re-seeding our forests and raising their young, bobcats predating on mice, wolves protecting the deer population from CWD.

For 88 years, old white guys have controlled Wisconsin, warring against those “inferior” nonhuman beings who they apparently think have no right to exist. Killing “seasons,” escalating hunting quotas, and recruitment of vulnerable children are their way to “connect with nature.”

U.S. fur exports have tripled since 2009, to 11.9 million pelts last year. The woods are being emptied.

The DNR and Conservation Congress recruited 2,041 new trappers, just in 2014, with a $5 license incentive: kill indiscriminately for six months. Unlimited traps on unlimited trap-lines. Market trapping very nearly destroyed wildlife in the 1800s, and now there are more trappers and more fur farms and less wildlife. The world is being murdered for fur trinkets.

I live in the country on wooded acreage near a creek. In the decade since I moved here, the beavers, coyotes and foxes have been killed out. In their place is an explosion of mice and lyme disease. One-fourth of the 2-year-old bucks in Wisconsin suffer CWD. White-nosed bat fungus has entered the state and likely will wipe out 95 percent of the bats. Mosquitoes and diseases accompany these ecosystem collapses.

Attend this one night a year. Children can vote on the issues. It is a great civics lesson.

More suffering for wildlife proposed this year:

• A sandhill crane hunting season.

• Expanding trapping to all night six to seven months of the year.

• Increase funding for recruitment of youth to hunting.

• Expand running packs of dogs on bears and all wildlife throughout central Wisconsin.

• A rare white deer kill. There may be 75 white deer in the state.

We must change course 180 degrees. The “reasonable being” cannot continue to live in the hallucination that humans are at the top of a self-created hierarchy. Never did any species wish to be so separate from the rest of life as man. As John Livingston writes in his “Fallacy of Wildlife Conservation,” “Non-human beings … are self-contained, mature, adjusted. They appear to be whole. … Man appears to have a piece missing.”

These wild magical beings are still there for us, waiting all these eons for humans to evolve from their sociopathic self-image, special in their own minds — all “other” life in one box, humans in another. We have rigged the game against wild beings and ourselves. They are our better angels. But only you can be their voice in this politically rigged death culture.

This one night — let’s do it for her, the little bear cub in the picture.

Citizens can find 2015 nature/wildlife election posters to download and adapt to their county locations on the Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic website both in 8×11 format and tabloid here. The locations and questionnaire can be found on the DNR website here.

Patricia Randolph of Portage is a longtime activist for wildlife. madravenspeak@gmail.com or http://www.wiwildlifeethic.org

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Posted by on April 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Posters and Tabloids for the Annual Spring Meeting , April 23, 2015

DNR Spring Wildlife & Fisheries Proposed Rules Hearing and Annual Conservation Congress County Meetings

As noted in yesterday’s post, this year’s DNR Proposed Rules Hearing and Annual Conservation Congress County Meetings will be held on Monday, April 13, 2015. There will be 72 public hearings, one in each county starting at 7:00 p.m. where meeting attendees will have an opportunity to provide their input by non-binding vote and testimony on proposed rule changes and advisory questions relating to fish and wildlife management in Wisconsin. Note: Registration begins at 6:30 pm so it is recommended that everyone interested in voting arrives early.

County residents have the option to run for a seat on the Conservation Congress, or elect other Delegates from their County who will represent their County’s views regarding natural resources on the Conservation Congress. Also, individuals have the opportunity to bring forth new conservation issues of a statewide nature to the attention of the Conservation Congress through the citizen resolution process. Meeting agenda and meeting locations for each County can be found here.

Attached below are information templates prepared for distribution to your family, friends and others who live in your County who are truly interested in understanding the devastating effects that the current trajectory of wildlife management practices used in Wisconsin has exerted on OUR wildlife and how they can help save our wildlife! We need your help in not only attending this year’s meeting, but with the posting and distribution of this information!!

The attached poster templates have been prepared in downloadable MS Word Format so the LOCATION OF THE COUNTY where this information is to be provided can be inserted (the attached templates all presently reference the Dane County location). The address information is provided in a text box so it should be relatively easy to copy and paste YOUR County location from the DNR web site over the highlighted Dane County location already in the box. If it is a particularly long address, you may have to edit the size of the script. (Note: To allow for changes/printing, it will be necessary to first ‘enable editing” in the yellow tab at the top of the web page as each attachment is opened).

It is recommended that the minimum size of tabloids posted in pubic locations measure 11 x 17 inches. If you do not have a printer capable of printing this size of document, consider having copies made at a local office supply store or copy shop. Print out enough copies of the attachments in the normal (8-1/2 x 11 inch) formatted size to have a supply available for handing out to those you know (or meet) who might be attending the meeting.

As always, if you have any comments, questions or need further assistance contact Patricia at Madravenspeak@gmail.com or 608-981-2287.

Thanks for all your help and we hope to see you there!

Wildlife Ethic 2015 Poster Sand Hill Crane and Chick 8 X 11 format

Wildlife Ethic 2015 Poster White Deer 8 X 11 format(2)

Wildlife Ethic 2015 Poster Bobcat 8 X 11 format(3)

Wildlife Ethic 2015 Poster Baby Bear Walking 8 X 11 final(1)

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

DNR Spring Wildlife & Fisheries Proposed Rules Hearing and Annual Conservation Congress County Meetings

On Monday, April 13, 2015, there will be 72 public hearings, one in each county throughout Wisconsin, where individuals interested in natural resources management have an opportunity to provide their input by non-binding vote and testimony on proposed rule changes and advisory questions relating to fish and wildlife management in Wisconsin. County residents have the option to run for a seat on the Conservation Congress, or elect other Delegates from their County to represent their County views regarding natural resources on the Conservation Congress. Also, individuals have the opportunity to bring forth new conservation issues of a State-wide nature to the attention of the Conservation Congress through the citizen resolution process.

For additional information regarding meeting locations and meeting agenda, go to the DNR’s webpage by clicking here

.Highlights of ballot questions for this year can be found on the Wisconsin Wildlife Public Trust & Coexistence website (click here). Other information provided by WWPT&C includes a video showing the rare white (albino) deer in Wisconsin, information on the criteria that must be met to run as a Delegate for your County, a position paper supporting the protection of white albino deer, and an insider’s view of what its like to serve as a Delegate.

Both tabloid (11×17 inch) and normal (8-1/2 inch) format posters prepared by Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic for this year will be available shortly!! Please help Wisconsin’s wildlife by placing these posters in your County. By doing so, you will increase public awareness and participation in this year’s meeting – instead of letting Wisconsin’s wildlife management policy continue to be controlled by pro-hunting and trapping interests and their agenda (as has been the case for many years). Help provide the opportunity for residents throughout the State to have a voice in determining how our wildlife and public lands should be managed! Suggested posting locations include libraries, coffee shop bulletin boards, community centers, churches, university bulletin boards, trade schools, grocery stores and co-ops like Willy St. Co-op and Whole Foods, pet stores, veterinary clinics, restaurants that have bulletin boards, progressive theaters, and schools.

MEETING SUMMARY

The first order of business at this year’s meetings (which begin at 7:00 pm) is the election of two candidates for Delegate positions (of five) for each County. We encourage pro-wildlife minded individuals to run for these positions. Anyone 18 years of age and older can nominate a candidate and vote (bring along an I.D. that documents your age and that you live in the County that you are voting in). Bring along a friend who is also interested in running for a Delegate position and you can nominate each other! We are also asking for volunteers who can obtain the voting totals for each County (pro-hunting/trapping interests tabulate the votes) and to provide this information to Patricia (Madravenspeak@gmail.com / 608-981-2287).

The second order of business is completing the DNR’s questionnaire that covers proposed rules for fish and wildlife management in Wisconsin. Some of the issues that the DNR is soliciting input on include, but are not limited to:

  • Establishing a hunting season for Sandhill Cranes
  • Allowing the killing of our rare White Deer
  • Changing wolf hunt season dates to promote dog running on wolves/extend the hunting season deeper into the wolf breeding season
  • Increasing bear hunting kills by baiting and letting dogs run on them across large portions of the State
  • Opening up more public lands to hunting and trapping
  • Addressing silica sand mining in Wisconsin

All meeting attendees (including children) can vote on these and other issues!

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Once again, poster templates will be posted on this web blog shortly, along with more specific instructions regarding final formatting and printing of this information.

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

WALKER’S DNR BUDGET JEOPARDIZES CORE OF WISCONSIN’S CONSERVATION HERITAGE FOR YEARS TO COME

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Brownstone Falls at Copper Falls State Park

Walker’s proposed 2015-2017 DNR budget:

Contact your legislators SOON as they plan to move this thru quickly. Link here for Talking Points for Stewardship Fund. Also send comments to the Joint Committee on Finance.

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

“THE TOXIN THAT KEEPS ON GIVING”

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“Sick Swan rescue spotlights severity of lead-poisoning problem”

A touching story of a mother Trumpeter Swan saving the life of a lead-poisoned Cygnet on the ice of the St. Croix River (Source: St. Croix 360, Feb., 2015). Discusses pushback from hunting organizations, retailers and manufacturers; superiority of copper; cascading effects of lead in wildlife species; impacts on human population and ultimately a call to action. By not banning the use of lead, our legislators, state and federal agencies are violating their fiduciary responsibilities as trustees of our natural resources. See “Lead Exposure in Wisconsin Birds” (WDNR; Strom et. al, 2009); and the WDNR’s “Precautions for lead ammunition”. Lastly, take action by contacting your U.S. Senators and Representatives to OPPOSE the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015: prohibits EPA from regulating lead ammunition, opens up increased public lands to hunting, shooting ranges, importation of polar bears and much more.

Link to find your U.S. Senators

Link to find your U.S. Representatives

Link to find your Wisconsin Representatives

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Red Cliff Tribe rolls out Wolf Protection Plan, declares itself wolf sanctuary

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Source:  http://www.northlandsnewscenter.com/news/nw-wisconsin/Red-Cliff-Tribe-rolls-out-Wolf-Protection-Plan-declares-itself-wolf-sanctuary-296667471.html

By Ramona Marozas – Biography

March 17, 2015

Bayfield, WI (NNCNOW.com) — The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has developed its Wolf Protection Plan.

The tribe cites that a federal judge ordered the gray wolf back on the Endangered Species List in December 2014; the order followed years of controversy over a state sanctioned hunting season.

Following the judge’s order, the Red Cliff Treaty Natural Resources Division began working on a protection plan that aims to preserve wolves on and near the reservation.

Some of the highlights of the plan are the following:

-Declaring the Red Cliff Reservation a wolf sanctuary

-Prohibiting any hunting within a six mile “buffer” zone of the reservation should there ever be future legal harvest

-Working cooperatively with U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to safely mitigate any human-wolf conflict issues.

“The wolf plays an important role in the ecology of the Great Lakes ecosystem,” Treaty Resource Administrator for the tribe, Chad Abel, said. “That, coupled with the significance the wolf holds in Anishinaabe history and culture, makes the preservation of the animal paramount to the health of not only the Red Cliff community but all Ojibwe Bands.”

In three seasons, hunters killed more than 1,500 wolves in the Great Lakes region, according to the tribe.

The tribe opposes the hunt for spiritual reasons. They also do not believe the wolf population is fully recovered.

A Celebration of the Wolf event is planned for March 26 at the Legendary Waters Convention Center.

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Posted by on March 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

MADRAVENSPEAK: Why Does John Muir Audubon Society Have a Bird-Killing Activist on Its Board of Directors?

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Planetary extinction toll: “Songbirds down 50 percent since 1965; marine birds down 30 percent since 1995.” — “Call of Life” documentary 

Many people think the Audubon Society is a nonprofit standing up for the life of birds. I did. But the mission statement of the Madison Audubon Society says little of saving birds. The group focuses on habitat, funding, education, and administration. John Livingston (1923-2006), executive director of the Canadian Audubon Society in the early 1950s, quit in the early 1960s because “the demands made on me by the Audubon head office in the United States were rather different from saving wildlife — they expected me to concentrate on administrative and financial affairs.” (Farley Mowat interview, 1990)

Jim Shurts is on the board of the Madison Audubon Society. Ironically, he is “board sanctuaries chair.” He is also the contact person for the John M. Keener chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society, which is dedicated to “to preserving our sporting traditions by creating healthy forest habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other wildlife.” The site claims, “Our members are mainly grouse and woodcock hunters who support national scientific conservation and management efforts to ensure the future of the species.”

The focus is on preserving hunting by providing bird habitat for killing recreation.

Shurts is one of those hunters. He served 10 years on the Conservation Congress as a hunting activist, particularly a bird-hunting activist. In August 2011, after attending the Hunter Heritage Conference’s meeting for Learn to Hunt organizers, he was quoted as saying, “My sense is that others at the conference found it helpful, and like me, enjoyed meeting others fighting the same fight. The primary highlight was the opportunity to meet with others who are active with hunter recruitment and share common goals.”

What better way to fight for hunter rights and recruitment than to infiltrate nonprofits that might work to protect the birds you are working to kill? As John Livingston wrote, “It is so sad to see conservation groups falling into that trap, becoming instruments of the very organizations they are trying to oppose.”

The Madison Audubon Society is listed as a partner of the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association, as is the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, a coalition of over 180 killing groups of all sorts. The WWA home page states, “From restoring wetlands to fighting for hunters’ rights in Madison, WWA is there for you.” And Audubon is there for them.

Norman Myers, Oxford University professor of environmental science, says: “This mass extinction issue is surely a greater crisis than any disaster — greater than terrorism or even a nuclear exchange. And I am choosing my words carefully. It is the biggest crisis since man came out of the caves 10,000 years ago — no less.”

Yet some nonprofits dither in outdated paradigms, betraying wildlife in the guise of helping.

Many of the older nonprofits have “feel-good” wildlife viewing programs, but do little to address the mounting deadly threats to wildlife and birds. The bargain has been struck with hunter members to “save habitat for killing” and focus on habitat, not the animals, and certainly not stand up to hunters to save our wildlife from deliberate suffering and violent death by dog and gun.

I once told Dick Chier, then vice president of the hunter-dominated Conservation Congress, “I will build you a lovely home in a beautiful habitat. But in return, every year, spring and fall, I will lure your children, friends and family out for picnics where I will slaughter them, bag limit two per day. Is that the home you want?”

Repeated requests for an interview with Audubon Executive Director Matthew Reetz went rebuffed. He did send me an Audubon statement against the proposed sandhill crane hunt, which will be up for a vote statewide at the annual Conservation Congress meetings at 7 p.m. Monday, April 13, in every county.

The Audubon Society could do a campaign to end the mourning dove kill, end killing our ducks and geese, end killing crows, grouse, chukar partridge, woodcock, quail. We should end the use of lead shot, left in habitat from massive overkill, which additionally painfully kills annually over a million songbirds in Wisconsin.

For years I have pressed Audubon to do an education campaign to alert its members that they can run for election to the Conservation Congress, a citizen advisory board to the Legislature, on the second Monday in April every year. Then members could represent bird-loving citizens in governing our birds, wildlife, publicly purchased lands, waterways, and forests. For 88 years, this advisory group has been 99.9 percent controlled by hunters, trappers and hounders. Although the Audubon Society has alerted its members to hunter-crafted proposals, they have not educated their members that real political power to help birds resides in being the delegates who craft the proposals that go on the Conservation Congress ballot and then to the Legislature to become law.

Ultimately it is the Audubon Society members who can push their organization to save birds, not just save habitat for killing them. Time is running out.

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The Humane Society’s Humane Lobby Day is Tuesday, April 7.

The Conservation Congress hearings on April 13 will include election of delegates and votes on: hunting sandhill cranes, expanding the bear hunting season, shooting ranges, wolf hunt changes, monarchs and more. Attend, vote and run for election. If you want to vote on delegates, you should arrive well before the 7 p.m. starting time because the delegate vote is first on the agenda and you have to register in order to vote.

Please also sign the NRDC petition against the two federal bills that gut the Endangered Species Act and remove protections from Great Lakes and Wyoming wolves permanently with legislation subverting the ESA. The courts have been the only protection and this legislation removes them from oversight as well. Please call your federal legislators both in the senate and house to remove themselves from co-sponsor of these deadly bills. Over 1145 wolves have been killed legally and illegally in Wisconsin in the past three years – every wolf they could find. We are back at no wolf recovery in this state. These bills are H.R. 884 and H.R. 883. The NRDC petition is here: https://secure.nrdconline.org

Thanks for helping our birds! And spreading the word for change. Please join our membership (where we do stand up for birds and wildlife themselves) at www.wiwildlifeethic.org to assist in tabling at various public events like Vegan Fest, Bob Fest and other events that can get the word out about the crisis of life on this planet.

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Posted by on March 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

 
 
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