[Tweeters] RE: Dogs, people, and Snowy Owls at Damon Point

snowyplover at comcast.net snowyplover at comcast.net
Thu Feb 14 20:26:42 PST 2013

Just responding to a question Susan Nett had regarding the Snowy PLOVER (not snowy owl) signage at Damon Point.  I didn't read where Dianna answered the question; the snowy plover signs were last installed in 2004 at the Oyhut Spit/Waste Water Treatment Facility spit.  I am unable to find a date when signs were last installed at Damon Point but it would have been prior to 2004.  The signs were only installed when snowy plover nest/s were discovered, in an 'attempt' to minimize human disturbances to the nests and nesting birds.  Because snowy plovers have not nested at the Damon Point area since 2005, installation and posting of the plover signage has ceased.
I do have to disagree with Dennis Paulson's last statement, though: "Not people walking around and disturbing them".  I do understand he might be referring to the owls only but if not, such a blanket statement alarms me.  Far too many ground nesting birds have their nests and young destroyed (stepped on, crushed) by 'unintrusive humans' walking around.  I, too, could be guilty of stepping on a nest........I wouldn't know because they are so well hidden at the base of a tuft of grass or tucked inside a clump of thatch..........Just food for thought as you are out walking around.
Aberdeen, WA
snowyplover at comcast.net

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