National Symphony, Ed Snider, Horn Symphony Center discussed on All Things Considered


Blake farmer of member station W. PLN, reports that the symphony nearly ran them off as a nuisance. Until it realized it was playing host to another kind of musician protected migratory songbirds. Looking overhead is the purple Martins descend into the trees at sunset is mesmerizing. Oh, my God, This is amazing. We're just envelope right now. Ed Snider of Nashville is an avid birder. His eight year old daughter Phoebe is on her way. Sometimes I can't even tell them that you see everything coming. I'm like, Where am I? It's like I'm in a three and then you snap out of it. When a little bird poop hits your forehead, the unsightly and unsanitary droppings or why the National Symphony decided to bring in a pest control company. The trees that surround the skirmish Horn Symphony center are in pretty rough shape, too, with their limbs drooping under the weight of these tiny travelers. What bird biologists like Melinda Wilton were already out enjoying the swirling songbirds when a truck pulled up ready to fog out the flood. We actually were lucky to have been here. They informed the crew of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and called all the wildlife agencies they could reach after hours. The removal team stood down. They didn't know and now we all get a chance to celebrate this. Spectacle. We had no understanding that there were purple Martins on our campus. Jonathan Marks is chief of operations for the Symphony, which hasn't been performing because the pandemic was just trying to avoid permanent damage to the building. This is not necessarily how we would have thought people might come together, but any opportunity that we can create that particularly being right in the heart of downtown, then we have to embrace that. Martin's air roosting in hundreds of sites right now around the country, though none of quite so visible. Joe Siegrist of the Purple Martin Conservation Association tracks them through weather radar. Yes, they actually show up, he says. The droppings are just part of the deal. Usually, that's something that the landowner just has to accept. Often, conservation groups or local governments will pitch in to cover the cleanup cost, and that discussion has already started here. But there's no point until the Martins depart for Brazil in a week or two. All.

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