We don't always know what we've got till it's gone:

Every tree we cut down; we must plant 10 more. One-third of the wild birds in the U.S. have vanished since 1970. Habitat loss is the greatest cause of bird decline. Interfering with nature, will be our demise, from the air we breathe to the benefits of birds eating bugs and pollinating.

Rochester rerouted the snow removal at the 7th Street Northeast bridge that kept a pond the whole summer with melting snow and a plethora of waterbirds nesting there. Now there's just a bit of water and many birds crowded. So many trees cut down along the river on 3rd Avenue by Crenlo. The loss of habitat where birds were nesting and the erosion of people's homes on the hill above Thomas Mill Race Park is a recipe for disaster. There's already a bike path on the other side of the river. Yes, you're going to plant trees on the center of Broadway, to keep beautifying without thinking that birds can't nest in those trees and tree and birds will suffer with all the traffic, exhaust and pollution.

"We took all the trees, put 'em in a tree museum and then charged the people a dollar and a half just to see them. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone" – Joni Mitchell

Laura Rice, Rochester

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