We’d better stop drilling to save this bird

posted at 3:31 pm on December 2, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Elections aside, things have been looking fairly bright for the future of American energy production. As we’ve reported here in the past, the US is on the verge of becoming the biggest oil and natural gas producer in the world, possibly leading to a new “golden age” for the United States. So now we just need to get down to business, developing these resources, creating tens of thousands of jobs and building the infrastructure we’ll need for…

I’m sorry… what was that? We need to stop again? Why? To save a… a… chicken?

A move by U.S. authorities to consider placing a small grassland bird native to parts of the oil and gas belt on the Endangered Species List has drawn the ire of some Western lawmakers.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday announced a plan to consider having the lesser prairie chicken listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act.

The lesser prairie chicken is a medium-sized, gray-brown grouse, smaller and paler than the greater prairie chicken, its close relative…

Lawmakers in major oil and gas producing districts immediately cried foul.

“A listing will have permanent economic consequences for the people of Texas who live and work in the Permian Basin and the Texas Panhandle,” said Representative Michael Conaway, a Republican.

I don’t know if this is going to work, or if the people in the affected areas will stand for it without this turning into a massive political debacle for Obama and the Democrats. It’s true that Barack Obama doesn’t have to win any more elections, but his party will already be facing an uphill slog during the 2014 mid-terms. Dangling this sort of a treat in front of the public and then snatching it away at the last minute to save the lesser prairie chicken may just be a bridge and a half too far.

But if the Fish and Wildlife Service really wants to act as a fifth column agent to promote an anti-energy agenda, there’s one proposal they could consider here. The name “lesser prairie chicken” just doesn’t work for an ad campaign or a bumper sticker. First of all, it’s got the word “lesser” right up front and that’s just bad marketing. Also, you’re calling it a “chicken” instead of a grouse, which would be more proper anyway. Nobody wants to save chickens. They want to eat them.

They need to re-brand this bird to build a more salable campaign around it. So what sort of name should they give it? Submit your suggestions to share with the group. Maybe we can even move a few up here. Speaking as somebody who has worked in marketing for quite a few years, I’ll get the ball rolling with one.

Prairie Chicken 2

I’m sure you can do better.


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The biggest cock is Obama.

Schadenfreude on December 2, 2012 at 3:33 PM

That is one dumb-lookin’ pecker.

WeekendAtBernankes on December 2, 2012 at 3:33 PM

F*ck the bird.

greggriffith on December 2, 2012 at 3:36 PM

The lesser prairie chicken is a medium-sized, gray-brown grouse, smaller and paler than the greater prairie chicken, its close relative…

Lawmakers in major oil and gas producing districts immediately cried foul fowl.

Sorry. Couldn’t help myself.

Stoic Patriot on December 2, 2012 at 3:36 PM

“A listing will have permanent economic consequences for the people of Texas who live and work in the Permian Basin and the Texas Panhandle,” said Representative Michael Conaway, a Republican.

You will acquiesce. Just kiss his ring a shut up.

davidk on December 2, 2012 at 3:36 PM

If it is really threatened/endangered, go for it.

mythicknight on December 2, 2012 at 3:36 PM

The Real Grouser.

Fred 2 on December 2, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Obama always plays chicken.

He Flukes the entire land.

Schadenfreude on December 2, 2012 at 3:38 PM

The best part… it tastes like chicken!

Not that I’m suggesting anything, mind you.

ajacksonian on December 2, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Obama cries fowl

Schadenfreude on December 2, 2012 at 3:40 PM

PETA
People Eating Tasty Animals
EPA
Environmentally Petulant A-holes
Drill baby drill!

Art on December 2, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Oh please, you’d think that oil wells being drilled take up an entire county per well. They only use a few hundred square yards. The chicken will be just fine; it will go around the drill site. If not, it’s not smart enough to survive anyway.

Just another excuse by the greenies to try to shut down progress. People are actually prospering and energy is being produced. Can’t have that. Have to find something to stop it. These environmental weanies are nothing if not transparent in their aims.

AZfederalist on December 2, 2012 at 3:43 PM

It is a very beautiful bird.

I wonder what it tastes like?

hawkdriver on December 2, 2012 at 3:44 PM

I thought these people believe in evolution.

Cindy Munford on December 2, 2012 at 3:44 PM

They used the spotted owl in the Northwest to stop logging; the owls still haven’t come back.

Oh well.

PattyJ on December 2, 2012 at 3:44 PM

hawkdriver on December 2, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Chicken?

Cindy Munford on December 2, 2012 at 3:44 PM

I fully support the EPA’s action to close down fracking, ban coal, and obstruct drilling by thorough hunting on relevant lands for Yellow-Boobed Tit-Grouse. The oil isn’t going anywhere, and if Obama remains ideologically opposed to brown energy and doesn’t want any credit for overseeing the rebirth of the United States, I support his stance.

The people think that Democrat policies are workable and can be, at the least, compatible with prosperity.

Give. Them. What. They. Voted. For.

HitNRun on December 2, 2012 at 3:44 PM

PattyJ on December 2, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Ever notice how Democrats double down on failure?

Cindy Munford on December 2, 2012 at 3:46 PM

the prairie chicken is just going to have to take one for the team.

renalin on December 2, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Democrats love evolution when they’re ragging on Christians. Otherwise they absolutely despise it.

WeekendAtBernankes on December 2, 2012 at 3:50 PM

hawkdriver on December 2, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Chicken?

Cindy Munford on December 2, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Low fruit for my Hot Air friends. :-)

hawkdriver on December 2, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Democrats love evolution when they’re ragging on Christians. Otherwise they absolutely despise it.

WeekendAtBernankes on December 2, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Brilliant.

Stealing.

hawkdriver on December 2, 2012 at 3:51 PM

These morons will sacrifice freedom/liberty and worry about gnats.

Schadenfreude on December 2, 2012 at 3:52 PM

So what sort of name should they give it?

The New and Endangered Symbol of the Presidential Seal (Screw that American Eagle)
[and more representative specifically as The Symbol of Obama’s Foreign and Domestic Policy: The Prairie Chickensh!t]

ShainS on December 2, 2012 at 3:54 PM

“My people had a great recipe for those!”
-Fauxcahontas

hoosiermama on December 2, 2012 at 3:57 PM

…MOVE the focken PECKER…!!!

KOOLAID2 on December 2, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Obama constituent

Schadenfreude on December 2, 2012 at 3:58 PM

It is a very beautiful bird.

I wonder what it tastes like?

hawkdriver on December 2, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Possible early thread winner.

Jazz Shaw on December 2, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Well I guess we will have to ask Abbott to go after these slugs as he did for that lizard and won. Wanna bet that in not the near future, EVERY SINGLE critter here in the US will be on a endangered list to stop everything?

Smacks of agenda 21, the whole thing! Take land, don’t let land be used for anything to help, keep citizens in an ‘approved area’ and big bro has you!
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letget on December 2, 2012 at 3:58 PM

I think the strategy is to simply wear down the opposition by introducing one stupid thing after another in increasing frequency and stupidity.

After a while you just give them what they want.

That’s what you get when you outlaw spanking.

Cleombrotus on December 2, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Fowltastic Dinner

Schadenfreude on December 2, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Better hurry up and wipe those buggers out completely, before they get on the list.

arik1969 on December 2, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Obama cries fowl

Schadenfreude on December 2, 2012 at 3:40 PM

…and eats dog…when is the last time anybody has seen a photo op with BO?

KOOLAID2 on December 2, 2012 at 4:01 PM

I give this bird the bird.

WhatSlushfund on December 2, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Obama’s legions are pushing too far, but they do not realize that because they live in a different universe. Some yet-unknown administrative action will spark a major conflagration.

GaltBlvnAtty on December 2, 2012 at 4:01 PM

It is a very beautiful bird.

I wonder what it tastes like?

hawkdriver on December 2, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Possible early thread winner.

Jazz Shaw on December 2, 2012 at 3:58 PM

…Pheasant?

KOOLAID2 on December 2, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Smacks of agenda 21, the whole thing! Take land, don’t let land be used for anything to help, keep citizens in an ‘approved area’ and big bro has you!
L

letget on December 2, 2012 at 3:58 PM

I guess the greens will get their desire because it will reduce the surplus population by more than 25 million.

chemman on December 2, 2012 at 4:03 PM

A Lesser Prairie Chicken still tastes like chicken…light up the barbie, and drill, dammmit, drill.

coldwarrior on December 2, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Lesser prairie chicken
No oil ‘n gas pickin’
Gray-brown grouse
Brings down the House

Schadenfreude on December 2, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Keep f*n that (prairie) chicken.

Joe Mama on December 2, 2012 at 4:06 PM

In a sane world, this yard bird would be endangered because it’s standing in the way of progress. Please send some hunters out there and rid the fruited plain of these pest.

Bonus: They taste like chicken.

Alabama Infidel on December 2, 2012 at 4:07 PM

“Bird Brained Carbon Hater Grouse” or “Carbon Hater” for short.

If you say it quickly it sounds like “Carbonator” Low information voters like carbonated beverages. Perfect foils for this anti-prosperity campaign.

KW64 on December 2, 2012 at 4:10 PM

You know, if Texas were a sovereign nation, this wouldn’t be happening.

Just sayin’.

Rebar on December 2, 2012 at 4:11 PM

If unicellular leftists had had power billions of years ago the Earth would still be nothing but green slime, the way the leftists like it.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 2, 2012 at 4:12 PM

To see if these “environmentalists” are really willing to walk the walk, I propose that each greenie that wishes to save a prairie chicken, and at the same time reduce the population of the hated humans, should volunteer to take the place of the prairie chicken and euthanize themselves. Sorta like killing two birds with one stoned environmentalist.

Old Country Boy on December 2, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Keep f*n that (prairie) chicken.

Joe Mama on December 2, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Keep pluckin’ that prairie chicken.

Schadenfreude on December 2, 2012 at 4:17 PM

I’m sorry… what was that? We need to stop again? Why? To save a… a… chicken?

Stuff like this makes us all look like we don’t care about endangered species and the environment…certainly many (most, I hope) Conservatives do care, but why feed the Left more ammo from our own mouths?

I’m sure that such species can be protected and resources can be mined at the same time. Of course I’m against outright banning of development as the Leftists are wont to do. The politicians certainly don’t care, but these endangered species issues are political poker chips for them.

I would think that companies would bend over backwards to protect endangered species if for no other reason than it’s great PR. If not, then certainly the government would have to oversee this. We cannot depend upon private companies to be automatically environmentally conscious and their track record shows this. Some are and some aren’t.

When the Socialists have complete power, you will see rampant bulldozing of virgin earth, massive state-sponsored building projects, and pollution the likes we’ve never seen here. Even Upton Sinclair will be rolling over in his grave.

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 2, 2012 at 4:22 PM

The No Blood for Oil Chicken

Patrap on December 2, 2012 at 4:23 PM

When the Socialists have complete power, you will see rampant bulldozing of virgin earth, massive state-sponsored building projects, and pollution the likes we’ve never seen here. Even Upton Sinclair will be rolling over in his grave.

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 2, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Communists do even ‘better’. See China.

Schadenfreude on December 2, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Just drill. If it’s smart it’ll move.

thebrokenrattle on December 2, 2012 at 4:25 PM

I’ve actually worked with Attwater’s Prairie Chickens, and believe it or not there are lot of hook and bullet Republicans who are very worried about the crashing populations of upland game birds, including the Lesser Prairie chicken. Hunting grouse and quail is great sport and brings in income, but some of these species are dying off–even the once ubiquitous bobwhite. In fact, it makes me furious that because of the climate change idiots, the polar bear gets far more attention from the low info greenies, even though it’s doing just fine, unlike the bird species that are dying out just down the road.

Wind energy is a big threat to LPC’s habitat, too, both the turbines and the transmission towers.

Listing the species is a bad idea though. More can be done by cooperative agreements and incentives for private landowners, without creating resentment of the bird. It’s not the bird’s fault it’s being used as a tool to hurt the fossil fuel industry.

As far as how they taste, I don’t know, but prairie chickens were extremely common and were hunted for market and to feed families and employees. The Heath Hen was an eastern subspecies of Greater Prairie Chicken that was hunted to extinction. People ate so many of them they got sick of heath hen at every meal.

Nowadays, hunting is not the problem. As with almost all other declining U.S. species these days, it’s a habitat issue.

juliesa on December 2, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Alabama Infidel on December 2, 2012 at 4:07 PM

It’s not a yard bird. Thats why there are so few of them.

juliesa on December 2, 2012 at 4:28 PM

the prairie chicken is just going to have to take one for the team.

renalin on December 2, 2012 at 3:48 PM

I’ve been told that by greenies, for reals. The prairie chicken’s habitat is also in the way of wind turbines, and I was told a couple of times that that’s too bad–climate change is more important than one species. Personally, I like game birds. I really, really hate the climate change creeps.

juliesa on December 2, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 2, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Very well said.

juliesa on December 2, 2012 at 4:34 PM

BURP!, Ah, now that tasted good. Uh Hot Air, what were you asking about?

mike3121 on December 2, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Sauteed in olive oil and rosemary with a fine fume blanc.

Yummmmmmmmmm.

profitsbeard on December 2, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Communists do even ‘better’. See China.

Schadenfreude on December 2, 2012 at 4:25 PM

And what the Soviets did to the Caspian Sea region.

the prairie chicken is just going to have to take one for the team.

renalin on December 2, 2012 at 3:48 PM

I’ve been told that by greenies, for reals. The prairie chicken’s habitat is also in the way of wind turbines, and I was told a couple of times that that’s too bad–climate change is more important than one species. Personally, I like game birds. I really, really hate the climate change creeps.

juliesa on December 2, 2012 at 4:32 PM

I’m surprised the prairie chicken’s lasted this long. Face it, we as a nation really screwed up huge sections of the West and Midwest a century ago.

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 2, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Hmm, I made a long but fairly informative comment, and it’s been caught in limbo. Is “bobwhite” a dirty word? What’s the hold up?

juliesa on December 2, 2012 at 4:40 PM

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday announced…”

Who…?

… I want their names!

I want to know if they have a clue on what is going on in the Middle East right now, and the fact Russia is one of the largest producers of oil in the world…

… Who are these faceless bureaucrats who put the future of my family in danger?

Seven Percent Solution on December 2, 2012 at 4:40 PM

all kidding aside, when they move in the rigs thephukin chicken moves to newer digs. it isn’t like the roughnecks clear the landscape of all visible signs of life before they start their workdays

Rio Linda Refugee on December 2, 2012 at 4:42 PM

… Who are these faceless bureaucrats who put the future of my family in danger?

Seven Percent Solution on December 2, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Obama and his constituents

Schadenfreude on December 2, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Lawmakers in major oil and gas producing districts immediately cried foul.

Puns, even when only suggested by homophone, should be grounds for execution without trial.

Oh, and secede.

TexasDan on December 2, 2012 at 4:46 PM

The purple headed praire throbber….

Oh wait, that’s something else…

Dale in Atlanta on December 2, 2012 at 4:46 PM

I’m thinking “Prairie smelt”

STL_Vet on December 2, 2012 at 4:46 PM

P.S. typing with 1 hand so forgive the lack of punctuation and caps

Rio Linda Refugee on December 2, 2012 at 4:46 PM

If they are like Sage Hen for taste think pressure cooker.

Again if they are like Sage Hen’s they have no idea why the population goes up and down. They do limit the season to between two and three a day and moved it out of deer season but the population doesn’t seem to be effected either one way or the other. Another scam

BullShooterAsInElk on December 2, 2012 at 4:47 PM

I’ve actually worked with Attwater’s Prairie Chickens, and believe it or not there are lot of hook and bullet Republicans who are very worried about the crashing populations of upland game birds, including the Lesser Prairie chicken. Hunting grouse and quail is great sport and brings in income, but some of these species are dying off–even the once ubiquitous bobwhite. In fact, it makes me furious that because of the climate change idiots, the polar bear gets far more attention from the low info greenies, even though it’s doing just fine, unlike the bird species that are dying out just down the road.

Listing the species is a bad idea though. More can be done by cooperative agreements and incentives for private landowners, without creating resentment of the bird. It’s not the bird’s fault it’s being used as a tool to hurt the fossil fuel industry.

As far as how they taste, I don’t know, but prairie chickens were extremely common and were hunted for market and to feed families and employees. The Heath Hen was an eastern subspecies of Greater Prairie Chicken that was hunted to extinction. People ate so many of them they got sick of heath hen at every meal.

Nowadays, hunting is not the problem. As with almost all other declining U.S. species these days, it’s a habitat issue.

juliesa on December 2, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Lawmakers in major oil and gas producing districts immediately cried foul.

Puns, even when only suggested by homophone, should be grounds for execution without trial.

Oh, and s3c3d3.

Is that really a banned word now? Sigh.

TexasDan on December 2, 2012 at 4:48 PM

It is a very beautiful bird.

I wonder what it tastes like?

hawkdriver on December 2, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Prolly like something between a Cornish game hen, and Chicken McNuggets.

Some road kill birds are gamey like pheasants.

SparkPlug on December 2, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Is that really a banned word now? Sigh.

TexasDan on December 2, 2012 at 4:48 PM

I know. I would edit and resubmit my missing comment, but why bother since I have no idea which word set off the alarm.

juliesa on December 2, 2012 at 4:54 PM

P.S. typing with 1 hand so forgive the lack of punctuation and caps

Rio Linda Refugee on December 2, 2012 at 4:46 PM

…ok!……………I ain’t gonna ask!…or make ANY comment!

KOOLAID2 on December 2, 2012 at 4:54 PM

P.S. typing with 1 hand so forgive the lack of punctuation and caps

Rio Linda Refugee on December 2, 2012 at 4:46 PM

I can’t type at all with my hand. I’m much better typing with my fingers.

SparkPlug on December 2, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Kinda reminds me of the Red Cockaded Woodpecker, that little bird shut down many a military range and still does.

If it can’t outsmart the human and move to a new home I say, so sorry.

D-fusit on December 2, 2012 at 4:57 PM

On my birthday 11/7/12 I took a huge dose of fuggittol and it worked great.

Key West Reader on December 2, 2012 at 4:59 PM

juliesa on December 2, 2012 at 4:40 PM

I’m sorry. I have no idea what caught that one on hold, but I’ve approved it now. It’s a filter. It’s a mystery. *shrug*

Jazz Shaw on December 2, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Wonder if bho has alread done his eo thing to take the land this bird ‘might walk/fly to’ as a national area? That worthless worm does this all the time? That snake does things and days later we find out about it!
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letget on December 2, 2012 at 5:00 PM

I know the folks over at Chick-Fil-A don’t work on Sundays – one of the reasons I like to support them when I’m able – but does anyone have Dan Cathy’s home number? Besides, the h0m0sexuals and Lefties are still suffering mock outrage over Mr. Cathy’s remarks. Serving Prairie Chicken on a fresh bun with mayo and a pickle slice should send the Lefties into spasms of apoplexy.

Somebody call Mr. Cathy.

Please.

oldleprechaun on December 2, 2012 at 5:00 PM

I thought these people believe in evolution.

Cindy Munford on December 2, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Democrats love evolution when they’re ragging on Christians. Otherwise they absolutely despise it.

WeekendAtBernankes on December 2, 2012 at 3:50 PM

I understand you generally have trouble where science is involved. The change in the inherited characteristics of biological populations over successive generations is as much relevant to oil exploration and extraction threatening this particular species as intelligence is to a conservative’s “through process”.

But there is an evolutionary process for this. Give the permits, but the project has to take 3 million years to allow the birds to adapt to the new environment through evolution.

lester on December 2, 2012 at 5:01 PM

i am also under the influence of pain meds, so i should return to lurking. this story begged for snark but opiates seem to have removed my ability. play my droogs

Rio Linda Refugee on December 2, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Ok, I guess my other comment isn’t going to come through, so I’ll just say that believe it or not, a lot Republican hunters are not pleased with the sudden crash in the numbers of several upland game birds, including these prairie grouse and even the once ubiquitous bobwhite. These are all great birds to hunt. But listing them is probably not a good idea. More can be done by using incentives for private landowners, and programs like cooperative agreements.

juliesa on December 2, 2012 at 5:02 PM

… Who are these faceless bureaucrats who put the future of my family in danger?

Seven Percent Solution on December 2, 2012 at 4:40 PM

…they know if they told us…we’d beat ‘em up !

KOOLAID2 on December 2, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Jazz Shaw on December 2, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Thanks, Jazz! I’ll quit grousing about it now.

juliesa on December 2, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Let It Bird.

justltl on December 2, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Stuff like this makes us all look like we don’t care about endangered species and the environment…certainly many (most, I hope) Conservatives do care, but why feed the Left more ammo from our own mouths?

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 2, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Doc, seriously. Let me break it to you – it doesn’t matter WHAT you do, the Left is not calibrated according to what we do or do NOT do or say.

Personally, since we’re pretty much under their control for the foreseeable future anyway, why not go all out and offend them any chance we get.

You think we’re gonna lose something?

Cleombrotus on December 2, 2012 at 5:06 PM

i am also under the influence of pain meds, so i should return to lurking. this story begged for snark but opiates seem to have removed my ability. play my droogs

Rio Linda Refugee on December 2, 2012 at 5:02 PM

…no lurking allowed!…YOU stay right here!…opiates are better than crack-head trolls!

KOOLAID2 on December 2, 2012 at 5:07 PM

juliesa on December 2, 2012 at 5:02 PM

One reason this might be happening, the horrible drought in area’s that have these birds and even deer? NO food, the population of game does down. Some areas have deer and the white wing dove are doing somewhat OK here in TX though?
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letget on December 2, 2012 at 5:10 PM

lester on December 2, 2012 at 5:01 PM

You little urban chickens better evolve a lot faster than that.

When your dearest policies cause a complete economic and societal collapse in the next few years, you are going to have to develop abilities beyond insulting competent people and sucking on the taxpayer teat.

LegendHasIt on December 2, 2012 at 5:12 PM

letget on December 2, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Yes, you bet, the drought made things worse, but they were crashing before that. White wings and white tails are doing great. The drought hurt them too, but they are species that actually increase around human activities, so the population rebounds as soon as it starts raining again.

Lesser PCs are particular about their habitat. They need native rangeland of a particular kind, land that grows the right kind of scrub oak. They are compatible with cattle grazing (they evolved with buffalo), but they can’t live around plowed farmland or housing subdivisions.

It’s terrible what’s happening to great gamebirds like blue quail and bobwhites too. Some of their problems are due to introduced grasses that make it hard for them to raise chicks–the foreign grasses form turf instead of bunches that tiny chicks can navigate. Bunchgrasses are better material for nests too. Introduced fire ants aren’t helping either.

juliesa on December 2, 2012 at 5:22 PM

I understand you generally have trouble where science is involved. The change in the inherited characteristics of biological populations over successive generations…… there is an evolutionary process for this……. but the project has to take 3 million years…
lester on December 2, 2012 at 5:01 PM

….there’s no science involved…it’s going to take 3 million years for the rest of us to evolve into having our heads so far up our rectum…that we have to open our mouths to see!…a biological and mental characteristic you didn’t have to evolutionary inherit as part of our biological population!

KOOLAID2 on December 2, 2012 at 5:23 PM

The greater job and cheap energy killing grouse.
The keep us addicted to terrorist sponsoring oil countries grouse.
The screw you Americans chicken.

rbj on December 2, 2012 at 5:25 PM

juliesa on December 2, 2012 at 5:02 PM

The crash of the bobwhite population (at least in Texas), in addition to the Western Scaled Quail (AKA blue quail) was caused by parasitic worms that infested the intestines and eyes of the birds. Don’t know if the same parasite affected other birds, but probably so.

Natural cycles affect a lot of critters, and commonly with disease or parasites. Nature can be a bee-otch.

iurockhead on December 2, 2012 at 5:25 PM

what happens if some natural predators are introduced at those places and make this bird extinct ?

Than those wackos have lost a bird and accomplished nothing else

huntingmoose on December 2, 2012 at 5:27 PM

The Obama Oiler

GarandFan on December 2, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Hmmm…I’ll bet the Dems are registering those little peckers to vote right now.

KirknBurker on December 2, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Schadenfreude on December 2, 2012 at 3:58 PM

We are living in a Country of Dumb, Dumb, Dumb. It Sooo makes my brain hurt!

Barred on December 2, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Little House Grouse on the Prairie

ReagansRight on December 2, 2012 at 5:48 PM

iurockhead on December 2, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Yes, that’s true about the parasites, but there are habitat issues as well. If it’s due more to worms, which is a recent discovery, that’s a problem that could possibly be ameliorated. The Ceasar Kleberg is also looking into aflatoxin issues from deer feeders, as well as the possibility that birds congregating around corn feeders catch parasites from each other.

juliesa on December 2, 2012 at 5:50 PM

We need to put on hold the office of President. We must have a congress, both houses that has a spine of steel,and take away standing of these greenies!Roll back the progs!If congress will take back its rightful place the presidental officewill be put back in its place and the courts too.

JustHugh on December 2, 2012 at 6:04 PM

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