[Tweeters] no party-line on tweeters

Ed Newbold ednewbold1 at yahoo.com
Wed Feb 13 22:10:46 PST 2013

HI all,

I have no interest in discussing the thread or even seeing it continue, but it annoys me to see a subject appear to have been discussed, resolved, and the case then closed as though there is or should be tweeter-unanimity.  Tweeters is not or should not be in the business of enforcing or even projecting orthodoxy when it comes to issues facing the natural world. 


1,  There aren't just two polar-opposite positions here.  There's room for almost infinite nuance and minor disagreement, plus differing ways of stating the same points, differences that might really matter to people.

2.  Some people may not be bringing up differing or opposing views because the conversation has already become technically illegal on tweeters and because they might not feel comfortable taking a contrary position to what appears to be the majority opinion.  I know, I know, I enjoy it.

3.  It's extremely important to me and perhaps others that people who have acted out of concern for the birds and on their gut reaction to events they witnessed in the field should know that they and their comments are 100% welcome on tweeters.  Or more.

4.  Wildlife Biology is still in the stone age.  In the era of "1000 cuts" there is no settled science that can tell you the answer to very a highly specific question about what's stressing one or two individuals.   The comments of extremely erudite people like Dr. Paulson deserve to be VERY highly weighted but not mistaken for scientific fact.

5.  It shouldn't be taken as a given that asking people to change their behavior to accommodate Snowy Owls will give everyone a bad impression of birds and bird-concerned individuals--although that is certainly possible.  It might depend on the execution, but this is even further from settled science.  A sign and action taken on behalf of these Snowy Owls might even do good for some other critter down the road that's facing some issue like habitat destruction.  We don't know these things.


Ed Newbold

ednewbold1 at yahoo.com.  residential Beacon Hill, where 5 photogenic male Red Crossbills decided to bathe in Butyl Creek on Monday, the day before my replacement 300mm lense arrived, and where a White-throated Sparrow came by today.

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