Black Hills Audubon Society greatly appreciates the work of our county commissioners on amending Thurston County’s pest and vegetation management policy to take a position that prohibits the use of neonicotinoid insecticides on county owned or managed property.
As was stated, this group of chemicals is dangerous to pollinators through the poisoning of the plants on which they feed. Birds suffer from a lack of food while bees and other insects that depend on pollen and nectar ingest toxins; this is not safe for any of them. For the sake of birds and bees, these insecticides should be banned. The membership of our chapter applauds the stance opposing this practice.
Black Hills Audubon works continuously to ensure our region is healthy for wildlife and people; founders of our chapter worked on the pesticide ban in Thurston County, which has been in place for many years. Thank you again for aligning yourselves with sound science and best practices. Brush cutters over sprayers makes more sense, especially when we hear so often of the collapse of bee colonies nationwide and the reduction of numbers of songbirds. Banning these toxic chemicals supports our goal of minimizing the use of pesticides in county practices whenever possible. Thank you again for supporting this ban.