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Wisconsin. State Conservation Committee (1915-27) / Biennial report of the State Conservation Commission of Wisconsin for the years 1915 and 1916
(1916)

Insectiverous and song birds,   pp. 51-52 PDF (452.7 KB)


Page 51


BIENNIAL REPORT
              INSECTIVEROUS AND SONG BIRDS.
  It is only within the past few years that any public attention was given
to this class of birds. They came and went at their pleasure, and if they
were fortunate enough to pass unmolested it was their good fortune. They
were not looked upon as contributing anything of value to the human race
other than their cheering songs and graceful presence about our daily
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TREE SPARROW
walks. The hunter had no scruples as to shooting them just to see them
fall prey to his marksmanship, and the small boy took delight in pursuing
them with his toy implements of destruction. We are surprised that more
of the species were not exterminated before modern education brought
relief to these helpless creatures of the air.
  Reason and education has at last rescued them from the perils that pur-
sued them continually and we have found that they are as indispensable
to humanity as the sunshine and rain. We have found that without the
birds, agriculture would be a lost industry and the green fields and foliage
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