[Tweeters] Ocean Shores STP

Wilson Cady gorgebirds at juno.com
Sun Jul 26 22:14:33 PDT 2009

Perhaps a solution would be the installation of a viewing platform on the outside of the fence. Something in the style of the one at the Sierra Vista, Arizona, wastewater treatment facility would be great. I doubt that the city fathers even know that the site is a major tourist destination. Armed with a little information including the recent data on the economics of wildlife viewing in Washington and a plan for the platform it would be worthwhile for a local person to make a presentation t the city council. I have photos taken this spring of the viewing platform and information sign at Sierra Vista that I am going to use for the same purpose at the city of Washougal's treatment ponds that I would be willing to send to anyone interested.

Wilson Cady
Washougal, WA

---------- Original Message ----------
From: "J. Acker" <owler at sounddsl.com>
To: <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Subject: [Tweeters] Ocean Shores STP
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2009 16:48:24 -0700

There ought to be a way that Tweeters can legally access the Ocean Shores STP on weekends in August. It is historically a location for finding mega rarities, and we, the birding community, are either forced to acquiesce to the M-F 0800-1630 routine of the facility, or sneak in the former break in the back fence that has now been repaired so that you have to really climb the fence. Do you suppose there is a way that we (Tweeterdom) could pay to have it staffed and opened on August weekends? The folks at the STP are really nice and obliging, but rather than continue to hope for the best, we ought to ensure the optimal. I don’t know if Washington Audubon or WOS would be interested in funding this, but I also wonder how many Tweeters are frustrated at not having access this weekend to the Red-necked Stint, or how many are climbing the fence in the face of no other option.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

J. Acker
Bainbridge Island, WA
Owler at sounddsl.com

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