[Tweeters] visiting birding locations accessed through military bases

Sammy Catiis Hikersammy at msn.com
Wed Jul 27 13:48:36 PDT 2016

This change was made at JBLM as well I believe Jan. 1st? Sometime around there.. it was on a National level. How strictly it's enforced? I'm not sure. I wasn't required but was prepared haven been pre-approved probably helped? I don't know.


From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu <tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu> on behalf of Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker at gmail.com>
Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 12:24 PM
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Subject: [Tweeters] visiting birding locations accessed through military bases


This is an fyi for birders who may be visiting birding locations that are on or accessed through military bases in the United States.

Several weeks ago, I spent some quality time in southeast Arizona enjoying such specialties as Slate-throated Redstart, Buff-collared Nightjars, Five-striped Sparrows, and Rufous-capped Warbler. I ended my five day trip with a planned visit to Huachuca Canyon which is accessed through Fort Huachuca Army Installation located next to Sierra Vista, AZ. As is typically the case when entering a military base as a visitor, sign in and obtaining a visitor pass is required. Everything went smoothly until the officials asked me what state I was from. When I said "Washington", I was asked for TWO forms of photo identification. I had only one. The reason why two forms were required for Washington State driver's license holders is because the state of Washington does not have an enhanced driver's license (whatever that is). They asked me for a car registration since that would be a valid photo identification substitute. I had a rental car so that didn't work. I eventually found my USAA credit card and, since I was requesting a Visitor Pass for only 6 hours, I ws eventually approved for the one time visit.

My thought for the Tweeters community is that if you are planning on visiting a birding location which is accessed through a military base and you have a Washington State driver's license, be prepared to be asked for a second form of photo identification. According to the officer who I spoke with, this rule may not be applied consistently across all military bases but it certainly seems to be enforced at Fort Huachuca. He mentioned that they were able to come up with an alternate plan for visitors with an Arizona driver's license (must be another state which doesn't have an enhanced license) since they get so many visitors with Arizona driver's licenses.

I don't know if this rule applies to visitors entering Lewis-McCord or if they've come up with an Arizona type plan which waives the two photo identification requirement for in-state driver's license holders.

I hope this helps any of you who may be planning out of state birding locations accessed through military locations.

Keep your eyes and ears skyward.

Jim Danzenbaker
Battle Ground, WA
jdanzenbaker at gmail.com<mailto:jdanzenbaker at gmail.com>
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