[Tweeters] Snowy Owl etiquette

Michael Clawson michael.v.clawson at gmail.com
Mon Jan 9 10:00:54 PST 2012


Seems reasonable to politely inform people about how and why to observe
birds safely. I would simply caution success would hinge far more on how
its said, than what is said.

-Mike Clawson

On Mon, Jan 9, 2012 at 9:53 AM, Rolan Nelson <rnbuffle at yahoo.com> wrote:


> Guy, Put me down for $10.

>

> Tweets, PEOPLE!! How many times do we need to go over this? If, as I

> suspect, those crowding the owls are not Tweeter Readers, then perhaps we

> all need to take it upon ourselves to speak to those violators, in the

> field, at the time.

>

> Any thoughts?

>

> -Rolan

>

> Rolan Nelson

> Fircrest, WA

> rnbuffle at yahoo.com

>

> --- On *Mon, 1/9/12, Guy McWethy <lguy_mcw at yahoo.com>* wrote:

>

>

> From: Guy McWethy <lguy_mcw at yahoo.com>

> Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Snowy Owl etiquette

> To: "Christine Southwick" <clsouth at u.washington.edu>, "tweeters at uw.edu" <

> tweeters at uw.edu>

> Date: Monday, January 9, 2012, 9:43 AM

>

> Well, as always, it only takes a few individuals to make a mess of

> things for the rest of us.

> And many of these problems are due to simple ignorance.

> If everyone going out there is aware of the issue, we may even manage to

> police ourselves ....

>

> Any thoughts about placing a sign out on Damon Point?

> All the folks viewing the owls have to walk out thru there, and would

> notice a big sign:

>

> "Snowy Owls Present on Damon Point.

> Please do not approach within 100 feet of the owls.

> Please do not disturb or flush the owls.

> If they are flushed, they burn extra energy, and can easily die of

> starvation.

> Please allow the rest of us to enjoy the owls as well"

>

> I bet we could get the folks on Tweeters to chip in some $$ to get a sign

> made up quickly.

> I'll pledge $20 as a start ...

>

> Heck, a sheet of plywood and some paint would be enough to start ....

>

> Anyone out there have any ideas about who to contact for permission to

> post a sign? Do we need any?

> Heck, talk to the owners of the campground there, to place it on that

> edge. They might be amenable to some good publicity ..

>

> Instead of just complaining, lets do something.

>

> Guy McWethy

> Renton, WA

> mailto: lguy_mcw at yahoo.com

> *From:* Christine Southwick <clsouth at u.washington.edu>

> *To:* tweeters at uw.edu

> *Sent:* Monday, January 9, 2012 9:14 AM

> *Subject:* [Tweeters] Snowy Owl etiquette

>

> Saturday, I and some friends went to Damon Point at Ocean Shores

> --(parking is along a curve--with no good signage). Walk was about two

> miles each way to where the owls were.

> We saw three, but had been told that there were at least six seen that

> morning.

>

> Two were heavily marked, one was almost white--maybe an adult? But was

> hard to see because of all the people crowding around it.

>

> It was great to see these beautiful birds;

> it was not great to see the over-eager people who were vying for the best

> possible photo and crowding these owls.

>

> As we were walking toward the area of these owls, I saw two different owls

> who had been pressured into flying, wasting valuable calories, to get away

> from people, who then moved toward where they settled. One of these owls

> flew again, so it was obviously disturbed.

>

> The third owl decided not to move, so people kept moving closer. Since

> I wouldn't go any closer because of my concern for the owls, I could only

> guess at the distance, but from where I stood, they (at least four, with

> three others about 100 feet) couldn't have been more than 50 feet from the

> owl, and maybe even closer. One of my friends said 25 feet...

>

> If we, as the birding community don't monitor ourselves, and show by

> example, who will be loooking out for the welfare of birds out of their

> normal habitat? Must we diminish their chances of survival by competition

> of who has the best picture? Loving them to death is still death.

>

>

> Christine Southwick

> N Seattle/Shoreline

> clsouthwick at q.com<http://us.mc1215.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=clsouthwick@q.com>

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