Canoe Meadows work bad for ecosystem
To the editor:
I have enjoyed walking Canoe Meadows, noticing the muskrats, beavers, rabbits and turtles. The drought must make things difficult for them so I was dismayed to see that the tall pines have been cut down.
A couple of years ago I learned that someone in the Audubon Society wanted to cut them down so as to expand the meadow in the hopes that bobolinks would nest there. When nothing happened I breathed a sigh of relief. I know where bobolinks nest in the area and had them on my land in Vermont. Those fields are surrounded by woods with very few houses.
I question the cutting of these trees at a time when all the critters are getting ready for winter. Where will the red squirrels, chipmunks, grays and others who use them for shelter in winter go?
Another question I have is why are the fields cut so early? Monarch butterflies are in trouble, people are responding by planting milkweed, however, the field at the Meadows was cut before the milkweed seeds were ripe so there is no increase of milkweed there.
If the idea is to keep ecosystems more or less intact, with little interference, I am disappointed.
Lisa Hawkins, Pittsfield