In response the Sound Off “June Berries” which appeared in the May 3-9 issue of North Country This Week: The birds you refer to need wild foods to survive, you do not. You can go to the grocery store or grow a garden. Implying that you and others should strip juneberries from the trees before birds can get at them is to degrade the already degraded environment they have to tap to continue living. They don't have grocery stores -- the land around us is their food source. They have their place in the world and it isn't up to you to deny them life. I'm not alone in enjoying the birds, and they play a vital role in keeping annoying insect populations down. Don't be selfish. Taste, take a sample maybe, but leave wild foods for wildlife.