There were a number of inaccuracies or omissions in the article, titled "This Bird Hates Bill Schottenstein" (June 12).

There were a number of inaccuracies or omissions in the article, titled "This Bird Hates Bill Schottenstein" (June 12).

It should be noted that the Eagle Creek Audubon Important Bird Area (IBA), in Indianapolis, is close to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which hosts the annual Indianapolis 500 motor race. Likewise, the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge IBA in Philadelphia lies directly next to the noisy Philadelphia International Airport, and does not seem to affect the status of the refuge as an IBA.

The site in North Carolina that was cited as a major victory for Audubon, blocking construction of a naval airstrip, was a globally significant Important Bird Area and National Wildlife Refuge that was recognized for the thousands of waterfowl that winter there; not a relatively small, degraded urban habitat like that of the Scioto-Greenlawn IBA in Columbus.

Additionally, recent research has shown that urban parks may not be as beneficial to migratory birds as was once thought due to pressures on birds from invasive plants, urban predators like feral cats, and human activities. Scientific studies have found that urban bird species adapt to loud noises in cities by adjusting the timing of when they sing or by singing louder or at different frequencies.
Noise impacts, if any, to the nearby Greenlawn Cemetery would potentially impact human visitors, like birders or mourners, but not necessarily birds themselves.

Arshot has the opportunity to redevelop Cooper Stadium into an eco-friendly green entertainment facility, even reusing much of the existing structure; something that Audubon does not seem to be doing with its new Whittier education center that is also supposed to be a green facility. Arshot and Bill Schottenstein should be applauded for promoting the idea, in this instance, of urban redevelopment rather than promoting exurban development and sprawl, which contribute to the continued loss of critical habitats that are important for declining bird populations.

Residents and community groups around Cooper Stadium rightfully have concerns about noise or property values and this is how the issue should be addressed. I would encourage readers of The Other Paper to understand that ultimately the issue of redeveloping Cooper Stadium into a motor sports raceway is not a bird conservation issue so much as it is a human issue and should be addressed as such; not behind a false pretense of bird conservation concerns which seems irresponsible at best.

As director for the American Avian Conservation Association, I recognize the importance of using scientifically sound research to promote positive arguments for conserving birds. The tactics used in the article, which included implications that Mr. Schottenstein's proposed project was a form of supporting terrorism and therefore unpatriotic, were reminiscent of the ethically-questionable tactics used by the current presidential administration to build early support for the war in Iraq.

These tactics make other good environmental and conservation organizations look bad.

Casey Tucker
American Avian Conservation Association