It has become impossible to remain silent while our brother, David Campbell, is being wrongfully accused in the press and by many in the social media of being someone who has no respect or regard for birds or wildlife. Nothing could be further from the truth.
We grew up in a home with birdfeeders, binoculars and guidebooks. Our family enjoyed bird feeding and bird watching in our hometown of Newport and later at our small family cabin on Mountain View Lake in Sunapee. After our parents passed in 1999, it was David who took up the responsibility of feeding the hummingbirds in the summer and providing sunflower seed and suet for the winter birds. As a family, we maintain a “life list” of the dozens of bird species encountered over the past 40 years. When that list was misplaced, David was able to recreate it from memory.
We have enjoyed watching generations of mallard and merganser ducks grow up and fly away. To this day, the pleasure of hearing a loon or watching a heron has not diminished for him or us. We remember how excited David was when he called us three years ago to tell us about seeing more than 30 loons in winter plumage gathering for their migratory exit — a rare sighting that he reported to New Hampshire Audubon and New Hampshire Fish and Game.
Our entire family takes great care to protect the ducks and loons and other nesting birds. We never feed the waterfowl; a rule we strictly enforce to sometime reluctant family and friends. Each spring David locates the robin’s nests so we can all observe the eggs hatching and the feeding of the baby robins.
The single tragic accident of last month will not diminish our brother’s lifelong love and appreciation of wild birds. David continues to accept responsibility for what occurred. To suggest that he intentionally tried to hurt the ducks is ridiculous! No one is more remorseful or saddened by the duck accident than he is.
What saddens us, and his many friends, family and acquaintances, is that complete strangers have maliciously judged his character and entire life based solely on an unfortunate and unintentional accident.
David is a warm and kindhearted soul. He has been a hard-working and passionate member of the New Hampshire House for almost a quarter of his life, where he is well respected by his colleagues on both sides of the aisle. We believe he is being unfairly, unjustly and disproportionately attacked over an accident that he admits he caused; and for which he is sorry.
We are proud to have him as our brother.
Amy Campbell of Charlestown, Mass., and Tom Campbell of Los Angeles are the siblings of state Rep. David Campbell, D-Nashua, who pleaded no contest on Friday to running over and killing five ducks in a Nashua hotel parking lot.