Mar 18, 2004, 4:00 PM
Someone needs to clear this up for the idiot Bubba.
I was reading the new issue of "Lake Chapala Review" and noted an article by one, Thetis Reeves, regarding the new bird "sanctuary" that an organization he represents is building in Riberas del Pilar. The developers of this facility have, apparently, overcome some local opposition and will soon open up this thing . Now, I live in Ajijic so this is not my personal battle.
When Bubba thinks of "sanctuaries" for our animal friends, the notion of a place of refuge for free wild animals comes to mind. When Bubba lived in the wilds of the Mayacamas Mountains in Sonoma County, California, he was surrounded by great forests where certain animals were protected from hunters, developers and land owners. In fact, a portion of Bubba's seven acre property was sacrosanct and not buildable for the sake of some pretty strange and unknown little bitty creatures. That's OK since we lived out in the boondocks because we wanted it to stay that way.
When Bubba lived near the magnificent and incredibly beautiful estuarian wilderness north of Mobile Bay in Alabama. (Mobile Bay being an estuary itself just as is San Francisco Bay and Chesapeake Bay), he was too young and too dense to understand the ramifications of the swath cut through these wetlands for the future Interstate 65 through what had been considered worthless wilderness bought up for pennies by a local congressman when engineering plans were still undisclosed.
On the other hand, there must be something positive that can be said for caging wild birds for the entertainment of bored humans as in an "aviary". Someone please make that case for me.
So, in light of my experience and without prejudging anyone's motives, I ask. Is this a "sanctuary" or an "aviary" (or, bird prison), that is being built out there in Riberas del Pilar? Who benefits from this thing?
I await enlightenment.
(This post was edited by Bubba on Mar 18, 2004, 4:02 PM)