rare bird protection/ listers public relations/ suppression

Nigel Ball nigelball at bainbridge.net
Sun Mar 10 09:09:39 PST 2002


I'm curious as to whether 'restricted' sightings always become public after the fact, or whether they are kept quiet forever. Anyone in the know care to comment?

Incidentally, in other places I've often appreciated statements such as 'bird x has been found breeding in the Northern Cascades, the location is being withheld at the property owner's request (or whatever)'. This is a more open approach, which at least allows others to keep their eyes open for other instances of the bird. With any luck, it would reduce suggestions of inappropriate or self-interested behavior. The poster would then have to be sure of their position and remain firm, which might be no bad thing.

Yesterday, RUDDY TURNSTONE on the spit at Fort Flagler campground, Marrowstone Island. Not a suppressible record, I suppose.

Nigel Ball
Bainbridge Island
nigelball at bainbridge.net



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