[CT Birds] Hoping to refocus: Re: White Faced Ibis
kmueller at ntplx.net
kmueller at ntplx.net
Wed Jul 2 10:56:19 EDT 2014
I am quite certain that at least 20 - 50 so called "birders" and
"photographers" went to hammo between
Sunday the 22nd and wednesday the 25th. What is more astonishing and
deplorable then the disaster
In the marsh is that no one cared about what they saw in the marsh unless
it was a white faced ibis.
No one reported it or removed any of it. all about one's selfish desire to
check one off the "life list' or
To get the "money shot" or to show off some photo's of a rare bird. It is
All those binoculars and scopes and cameras and no one saw the kite's and
line ?????? REALLY ??
How sad and pathetic, Just proves the vast difference between birders and
Environmentalists, Like me..I could care less if i ever see a lazuli
bunting or marbled godwit. or
Get a photo of one. And if I do, I will not tell anyone. All that concerns
me is protecting the wildlife and the environment they live in.
***REALLY? If you are only interested in a bird, a photograph, a list
procurement, or just enjoying the day and don't pick up any litter,
you are disgusting and pathetic ???!!! That's sad......no wonder so
many people I know have been turned off to birding! I think its quite
unfair to disparage someone just because they don't prioritize nature
the way you do, that is your choice. Every birder I know is concerned
about the environment, some are more dedicated than others. But
labeling good-hearted people as being disgusting because they don't
follow extreme self-imposed guidelines is just a bit too radical and
dictatorial for me (and probably quite a few others).
Poor defenseless birders.....they don't pick up litter, they take too
many photographs, they only like birds for a check mark on a list,
they approach birds too closely, they scare birds with their bright
designer birder clothing, they hunt birds, they don't hunt birds, they
kill birds with their cars, they bother birds on the beaches, they
bother birds in the Parks, they use too much toilet paper, they don't
recycle, they get too close to nesting enclosures, they don't vote in
enough far-left environmentalists into office, they are not
vegetarians, they believe in God, they don't believe in God, they
believe in carbon credits, they don't believe in carbon credits, they
are too green, they are not green enough, they don't believe green,
they don't donate enough to conservation, they don't pay enough taxes,
they are consumed with birding ego, they have leather binocular
straps, they don't walk on established trails, they trample the dunes,
they scare parent's off their nests, they pass on Owl areas, they
bother the birds in boats.....and so on and so on. ENOUGH
ALREADY!!!!....Every birder I know has the greatest respect for birds
and the environment and have great integrity and humility. If they
don't pick up a little litter one day, I know they will pick it up on
Quoting Arthur Shippee via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>:
> Anger can do these things, even well-earned anger and even among friends.
> So, let's start repairing our alliance. And one particular job we
> can undertake is focusing on kite fighting.
> Here, an outreach to local institutions in the Indian community
> might be a good path, more than just "enforcement."
> After all, it's the litter, not the kiting, that's the problem,
> right? Perhaps some coordinated work between institutions and
> prominent people might arrive at a solution workable for all.
> Does someone have some contacts that might be relevant? Can the
> Park authorities do some outreach?
> Good birding, Arthur
> On Jul 2, 2014, at 9:46 AM, James Winkelmann via CTBirds
> <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
>> Somewhere in your rant is a reasonable point. Unfortunately, it's buried
>> under layers of poor grammar and punctuation, overly broad and unduly harsh
>> criticism of an entire community, and cloying self congratulation. As it
>> stands I think you've simply alienated a group of natural allies. While
>> yes we all bear a shared responsibility of environmental stewardship, the
>> real culprits here are the ones who littered the marsh.
>> On Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 1:37 AM, John Pfitzner via CTBirds <
>> ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
>>> I do not recall the exact date the white faced Ibis was first reported
>>> But I am certain it was before saturday 06.21. On that day pavilion # 4
>>> ( the pavilion in between willard's island and cedar island trail
>>> entrances )
>>> Was reserved for a party.
>>> The attendees of the party engaged in a tradition of their native land (
>>> India )
>>> Which is " Kite Fighting " . This entails paper and wooded stick framed
>>> Attached to kite line specifically designed for cutting the others kite
>>> line. It is
>>> extremely abrasive to say the least, some actually has powdered glass
>>> impregnated in it.
>>> The last time this happened at Hammonasset park management banned the
>>> Of this in the park. I and the two co- vice presidents of menunketuck
>>> Spent three hours in almost 90 degree heat and clear skies removing all of
>>> the line
>>> And kites that were criss crossed over the entire marsh area at the
>>> extreme west end of the park.
>>> I went to hammo on wednesday June 25th four day's after the "Party" to see
>>> the WF Ibis.
>>> Before I even arrived to the marsh edge as i approached the meadow I saw
>>> kite line
>>> Strewn all over the meadow. I immediately removed all of it. about 500
>>> feet of it. As I
>>> As I walked the mowed path along the marsh edge and looked over the marsh
>>> I saw
>>> A environmental and ecological disaster of colossal proportion.
>>> I immediately forgot about the WF Ibis and ventured as far as I could (
>>> without waders )
>>> And retrieved as much line and kite's as I could. I also notified the park
>>> office. I returned to
>>> Hammo the next day, this time with knee high wading boots and gloves. I
>>> spent an hour and
>>> A half in the marsh and collected least FIVE THOUSAND FEET of vile
>>> abrasive kite line as well
>>> As ten kite's, most of which had 300-600+ feet of line attached.
>>> Another menunketuck member also collected a substantial amount of line and
>>> kite's, as well as park maintenance
>>> And Russ the nature center director.
>>> I am quite certain that at least 20 - 50 so called "birders" and
>>> "photographers" went to hammo between
>>> Sunday the 22nd and wednesday the 25th. What is more astonishing and
>>> deplorable then the disaster
>>> In the marsh is that no one cared about what they saw in the marsh unless
>>> it was a white faced ibis.
>>> No one reported it or removed any of it. all about one's selfish desire to
>>> check one off the "life list' or
>>> To get the "money shot" or to show off some photo's of a rare bird. It is
>>> disgusting behavior.
>>> And do not try to divert the blame to the park or management, It is all on
>>> you. The park
>>> banned them from doing it, and this year they used a different name and
>>> specifically requested
>>> That area as to be at a more secluded location. the park supervisor
>>> contacted reserve america and
>>> Alerted them that they are no longer allowed to reserve pavilions at the
>>> park. All of the collected
>>> Material was brought to the park supervisor for evidence. He tried to
>>> pursue issuing citations for
>>> Littering, but it was too after the event and no witnesses or reports on
>>> that day.
>>> All those binoculars and scopes and cameras and no one saw the kite's and
>>> line ?????? REALLY ??
>>> How sad and pathetic, Just proves the vast difference between birders and
>>> photographers and
>>> Environmentalists, Like me..I could care less if i ever see a lazuli
>>> bunting or marbled godwit. or
>>> Get a photo of one. And if I do, I will not tell anyone. All that concerns
>>> me is protecting the wildlife and the environment they live in.
>>> When people see me at hammo with my camera and binoculars they will ask "
>>> are you a photographer or a birder"
>>> I tell them " No...I am not...and I do not understand why you chose to
>>> insult me. Then I explain my answer to them.
>>> I will make certain that cedar tracts and any area off trail on willard's
>>> island will be a protected area and signs will be posted
>>> As to access is prohibited and subject to citation and fine. In the fall I
>>> will be monitoring that area and if I see anyone in
>>> The cedars I will alert the park and EnCON police.
>>> Happy 4th of July........
>>> John Pfitzner
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