[CT Birds] Birder/Law Enforcement Interaction

Mary Mushinsky marymushinsky at att.net
Fri Jan 22 15:08:36 EST 2016

I have also requested Susan Whalen's assistance to resolve these 
recurring conflicts. Mary Mushinsky, Wallingford

On 1/22/2016 12:55 PM, Kathy Van Der Aue via CTBirds wrote:
> Most of you must be aware of the incident yesterday when a birder was
> warned by an officer that parking at the East River boat launch was
> restricted to use by boaters.  We felt this was unreasonable, especially
> since the parking lot was empty. I have written to Deputy Commissioner for
> Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation, Susan Whalen, about this incident
> and our wish to clarify birder's access issues that have been troubling for
> some time.  This is where things stand now:
> Tom Tyler , Director of State Parks and Public Outreach, contacted Patrick
> Comins to say that he had contacted the Colonel in charge of the DEEP
> Conservation Officers who will investigate and attempt to discover which
> officer it was.
> Susan Whalen contacted me to say that she was at a staff retreat for the
> day but would bring this to the attention of the appropriate parties and be
> in touch as soon as possible.
> I believe this gives us the opportunity to resolve the long simmering issue
> of birder's and wildlife photographer's access to DEEP properties.  I'll
> keep you informed.
> Kathy Van Der Aue
> Southport, Connecticut
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