[CT Birds] Birding and Police, a different take

Mark Szantyr birddog55 at charter.net
Sat Jan 9 21:55:53 EST 2010

Having the distinction of being a birder who was arrested for criminal 
trespass on my very first visit to the "old" Milford Point ( all charges 
dropped and the complaintant warned to stop harassing birders), I want to 
say that in subsequent encounters with police I have had nothing but 
respectful questions and then warm interest in what this birding thing was 
all about.
This may be an unpopular view, but while out at all hours of the night 
owling in some rather remote and sometimes unsavory environments, I have 
regarded their concern as a comfort.  I always thank them for checking on me 
for if I was indeed in need of assistance, I was glad to know they were 

Mark S. Szantyr
80 Bicknell Road #9
Ashford, Connecticut 06278
Birddog55 at charter.net 

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