[CT Birds] Posting Snowy Owl Locations

Maggie peretto wings.mp at gmail.com
Sun Jan 4 12:22:17 EST 2015

Thank you!
On Jan 4, 2015 10:34 AM, "Keith Mueller via CTBirds" <
ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:

> This all comes down to education! NOT everyone is a subscriber to ABA and
> their "rules" of birding, and quite frankly......ABA and other organized
> birding groups do not own these birds. EVERYONE has a right to see, view
> and experience these birds in any way they wish providing it is done with
> compassion and courtesy for the birds. Many people with cameras wanting to
> take pictures of the birds are not usually photographers just someone with
> a camera who wants a snap or two of that bird. Probably the majority of
> them have no idea about the delicate condition of these birds in their far
> from home wintering grounds. Maybe in a polite way, these people should be
> confronted and POLITELY have the Owls plight explained to them instead of
> yelling, screaming and threatening them.
> Yes, there are irresponsible people out there, and we all have to accept
> that! That being the case, we all shouldn't have to suffer because of a few
> selfish people. This brings back the protracted debacle from last years
> Snowy Owl eruption when the same "Owl police" came out to save the Owl from
> ourselves! It was suggested that limiting viewing times and closing areas
> should be implemented. It was also suggested that dead rodents from other
> areas of the country should be imported and strategically placed in
> "supposed Owl feeding areas" to help them cope. I remember "self-appointed"
> Owl saviors running around with nets trying to capture Owls to rush them to
> the rehabbers (assuming every Owl was starving) when all that did was
> increase pressure on the birds and add incredible stress to them!
> Now here we are again, with suggestions not to post Owl sightings because
> we humans are completely irresponsible and too stupid to understand that we
> shouldn't even look at these Owls because we will again add extra stress on
> them. I have a better idea, why not just make all birding illegal!! It
> seems there are more "conditions" and "rules" to birding than running a
> business!
> These Owls are a product of God and/or Mother Nature depending on your
> belief, and they are EVERYONES to enjoy! If you want to help the birds in
> this stressful time of year, maybe it would be better to educate people
> rather than implement more stupid rules! Not posting Owl locations is a
> very radical decision....what's next, Rationing??
> Keith Mueller
> Quoting Patricia Bailey via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>:
>  Personally, I don't think we should post sightings of Snowy Owls.  Most
>> people have no idea of how close is too close and it's easy to accidentally
>> not see an owl until too close.   I recently climbed a windy hill hoping to
>> see something on the "quiet" side of the field.  Stopped, saw nothing, but
>> raised my binoculars and there was a Bald Eagle on the ground feeding on a
>> raccoon.  As I turned to leave I accidentally flushed him.  In today's
>> culture an individual's right trumps the greater good.  So I think owls are
>> always exciting, but best not to post.  Check in with your birding friends
>> instead.
>> Sherman, CT
>> Message: 2
>> Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2015 09:23:36 -0800
>> From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey at snet.net>
>> To: CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
>> Subject: [CT Birds] Snowy Owls - Please Read
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>> We need to stop and think about our behavior, everyone.
>> Yesterday there was a report from Milford Point: "Snowy Owl scoped from
>> platform out on sandbar - flushed by paparazzi and flew east and settled in
>> brush."  A few minutes ago I received a private email that began: "I heard
>> there was a snowy owl situation yesterday at Milford Point where the bird
>> was being chased up and down the sandbar by a number of people, mostly
>> amateur photographers.  Almost all of these folks are reading about it on
>> the CTBirds list."
>> There is no justification for harassing these birds.  Getting a picture
>> isn't that important.  Neither is getting a perfect look.  There is no way
>> to tell now strong, or how weak, these visitors are, or how much our
>> presence stresses them.  Obviously if the bird flies we were too close, but
>> it also means we were already too close before it flew.  A bird that
>> doesn't fly might simply be too weak or tired.  Use your binoculars, your
>> scopes and long lenses if you have them, but leave the birds some room.
>> Please?
>> It has been suggested that reports of Snowy Owls on the list be
>> curtailed.  I sincerely hope it never gets to that point.  Talk to each
>> other about it.  If you see someone behaving like a jerk toward the bird
>> try to help them to understand the problem they are making for the bird.  I
>> hope I don't have to tell anyone to be polite about it.
>> One more point.  There is no reason to broadly condemn birders or bird
>> photographers because a few don't know how to go about it.
>> Good birding!
>> Roy Harvey
>> Beacon Falls, CT
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