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In less than a week Team Birds Not Bitumen has become one of the
TOP   TEN   fundraising   teams!    of the Baille Birdathon.  Thank you heart-lifting friends.  And outward like ripples, several people have forwarded the resource section from my last BLOG post.  A friend sent this new song.

…Read on for BIG DAY REPORT and my photos from the day.

Lupine flowers and snail

It is not too late to give. Please do!
Generosity is a life-affirming practice,
and it will make you feel GREAT.

tankerdusk

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Birds Not Bitumen Big Day Report

On May 21 (fueled by delicious food) Team Birds Not Bitumen raced by bicycle and public transit to spot as many bird species as they could in a 24 hour period.

75 bird species seen,
17 hours,
Approx 85 km
by bike and public transit.
first bird of the day:
American Robin at 4:20 am

WHY?  Because we love birds, and they don’t have a voice at the fossil fuel development table.  AND we don’t have to accept the status quo, even tho we all participate in it to some degree.  AND because doing something and taking action feels great,  and as I said in my last post, taking action beyond the self fulfills our deep need for meaning and purpose.

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donate NOW to Team Birds Not Bitumen
raising money for bird conservation.

donate NOW to Tsleil Waututh’s Sacred Trust Initiative raising money to protect Burrard Inlet.

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oystercatcher

HEY!

i'm an oystercatcher.  
i live near the Ferry 
Terminal and also around 
the Stanley Park seawall.

learn more
get involved
give money even 5 bucks

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 The Team in action & sleeping

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sleep seabussleep lookout towersleep with geese

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Bird highlights include

  • 6 species of swallows: Aerial Insectivores!
  • Townsend’s Solitaire: elusive and rare for us
  • Ethereal song of the Swainson’s Thrush
  • Caspian Terns Colony diving head first into ocean
  • Heron rookery sounding like 800 type-writers
  • Funny-looking oyster catchers (see pic above)
  • And a glowing red-throated hummingbird.

[LINK to full ebird list of sightings]

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Carbon Export mega-projects we saw

birds in the shadow of Deltaport

Reifel Bird Sanctuary’s spectacular estuary habitat in the shadow of Deltaport

US Thermal Coal passing through Delta for export to foreign markets.

US Thermal Coal passing through Delta for export to foreign markets. Who benefits from this?

Χ proposed 700% increase in tar sands tanker traffic in pristine BC waters.
Χ increases to Thermal Coal shipments through Surrey and Texada Island.
Χ building any more infrastructure for carbon-export. ISSUES OVERVIEW

and Χ I don’t even know what to say about so-called-natural gas… isn’t methane (main component of LNG) 21 times more harmful as a greenhouse gas than CO2?

Chevron Refinery with flame, Kinder Morgan transfer location also lit to the left of the refinery

Chevron Refinery with flame, Kinder Morgan transfer location also lit to the left of the refinery. Photo taken pre-dawn from Maplewood Flats Bird Conservation Area.

oil tanker from the seabus

Oil / chemical tanker seen from seabus crossing

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Actions I recommend:

1. Subscribe to the Clean Energy Review, a weekly email newsletter of the 10 most interesting climate and clean energy updates from across Canada and around the world.  Short, snappy, cutting edge.

2. Look at this art project and get inspired about myriad ways for action.  Making the right choices about our energy future begins with the right conversation.

3. Donate to the Tsleil Waututh’s Sacred Trust Initiative.  Or learn more about other groups who are awesome who you can get involved with or give money to.

4. My friend DJ is working against the proposed increase in tanker traffic in our harbour.  Would you be willing to work with her as part of a team that collects signatures and recruits more volunteers?  Meeting this Thursday night, May 29 at 7:30pm in east Vancouver.  (Email me for the address.)  The regional Coordinator for this volunteer initiative will be explaining how to get involved.  In this case, the biggest thing is to make personal contacts and ask people to sign a pledge form against the increase in tanker traffic.  This can be done among your friends, neighbours, colleagues.

5. Super geekfest: learn more about the port of Metro Vancouver, the different exports and capacities of many of the terminals.

6. and if you are still reading, please recognize this opportunity to practice your generosity in this moment:

give to Team Birds Not Bitumen
and help keep us in the top 10!

great blue herons and caspian terns near tswwassen ferry terminal

great blue herons (top) and caspian terns (bottom) near tswwassen ferry terminal

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when humans work together you can save creatures like me from historic DDT poisioning that almost made us extinct. Thank you.

When humans work together you can save Eagles like me from historic DDT poisoning that almost made us extinct. Thank you. Carry on bravely with love.

i made some flowers for my mom   to celebrate her birthday.
Lilies are her favorite.
She said to me, “ah, now my lilies are not yet over for the season!”

to find her treasure (the flowers) mom followed ten cryptic clues
we laughed at our site-specific foibles, our love of this place,
our family home, temagami. I love my mom.

ANSWER: to transform old structures including:    local and global over-production and resource use     the illusion of separateness within our skin / sense of encapsulated and isolated selves     individual habit-patterns + responses     also     alienation / isolation

I said something similar here

old reused local from a time before vinyl or aluminum when someone got out the brush and made efforts to help the wood last longer.   in my neighbourhood the housingstock decays in mouldy raincoast winter. Nothing on the northside dries nothing on the southside stays fresh

sometimes it’s hard for me to see the links between the intention of my art work   and what is the outcome?   yet ripples expand outwards even if today this work does not feel important
how will the effects of my actions surely carry on with or without me in this life and beyond? this is an important and central question.
this is also a helpful long time     non-linear view of creative practice.

i’ve also said before that PRACTICE:    to repeat and renew effort regularly is important.    with practice my creative muscles gets stronger.    i see opportunities. i feel braver to grab hold of them.

Yar this is the mighty power of transformation.

jenna lives with me at the Beehive Collective House. She runs a school called Soaring Eagle Nature School. Ya she does!

She asked me to help create a thank you card for her to give to her summer students and campers. She provided the cool stuff (buckskin, baby bird of prey skull, handmade nettle fiber cordage, owl leg, awesome feather, arrowhead) and i provided the design and photography skills.

Looks exciting if you were a kid in nature school learning cool stuff like tracking and harvesting wild foods. later, i arrived home after a trip to find a finished card on my desk, signed with love from jenna. A good collab.

Speaking of the Beehive, I miss my homies! We are: Collective House, 6 people, 3 cats, guests, we share food and cook for each other too. (east)Vancouver, BC, Coast Salish Territory.

borrowed a car and headed to visit friends     the road was not totally clear but i was warmly received    i bailed some wire     saw a bone     and met new friends