Save Pot Plant Owls Wetland – The Petition Site

Save Pot Plant Owls Wetland – The Petition Site.

Pot Plant Owl is the name of a wild Spotted Eagle Owl that nests in a potted plant on the balcony of a house in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is currently raising her chicks there for the third consecutive year.

Close by is a 30 hectare greenbelt (open land) with a protected wetland running through it. This is where Pot Plant Owl and her mate hunt for food. They live mostly on insects, rodents and small birds. The wetland has also been home to, amongst other things, the African Giant Bull Frog – an endangered species.

In January 2010, a developer brought in a bulldozer and began clearing the trees. The developer is requesting permission to build houses on this protected wetland. In South Africa, as in most of the world, developers have a habit of winning.

This is one of the last wetlands in a large area. According to South African law, wetlands are supposed to be protected, but the Goverment department in charge of enforcing this law appears to be in favour of the development.

 

If the development goes ahead, the wetland will be destroyed, along with all the inhabitants of the wetland.  Our family of owls will not survive without this wetland area. Please help us save our owls and the wetland! 

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Stop Deep Cuts to Precious Conservation Funds – Sign the Petition | Change.org

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack

Stop Deep Cuts to Precious Conservation Funds – Sign the Petition | Change.org.

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Targeting: Tom Vilsack (USDA Secretary )

Two-thirds of the continental United States are working lands—farms, ranches and private forestlands—that provide clean water, healthy, productive soils, wildlife habitat, and other important benefits for the entire nation.

The USDA’s conservation programs share the cost of improving and protecting these lands with farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners. These public/private partnerships are a critical piece of our nation’s conservation strategy.

But while demand for these programs is always far greater than available funding, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack is now proposing even deeper budget cuts.

We can’t afford to cut critical support for farmers and forest landowners who are working to conserve millions of acres of precious land.

There are solutions to the nation’s budget woes other than cutting programs that invest in a cleaner future for our air, water and land. Write Secretary Vilsack and urge him to take conservation funds off the chopping block.”