Fw: [Tweeters] RE: Birding and photography etiquette/Qualco

plkoyama at comcast.net plkoyama at comcast.net
Sun May 12 16:12:21 PDT 2013


Hey, Tweets,

Indirectly bird-related, I Googled Qualco to see what they're about, and I
watched their interesting video on what they are doing with the Monroe
Prison Farm. They are a non-profit group comprised of the Tulalip Tribe,
local farmers in the area, and a salmon preservation group, and the farm is
producing enough power from "recycled" methane to heat 800 homes. Salmon
are again running in the waters and the farms are no longer flooding to the
point of destruction. Qualco is Lusootsheed (local Salish language) for two
rivers. Check it out for info on how the former prison farm has evolved.
The hunt club is not mentioned, though.

Penny Koyama, Bothell
plkoyama at comcast dot net

-----Original Message-----
From: Martha Jordan
Sent: Friday, May 10, 2013 3:21 PM
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: [Tweeters] RE: Birding and photography etiquette


>From time to time I have observed people with binoculars, scopes or cameras

being less than careful or thoughtful regarding the wildlife they are
observing or the private property the wildlife is on. I know that many of
you have encountered the same. As it is nesting season and spring migrants
have arrived, it may be tempting to move a bit closer for a "better view or
a really nice photo op".
This is a reminder to please not trespass on private property and be aware
that it is nesting season and that disturbance around these wildlife areas,
including ponds and wetlands, may adversely affect the wildlife that are
using it or breeding there.

The trespass issue has been brought to my attention the past two weeks
because of the Monroe Honor Farm pond (old prison area off Tualco/203rd).
The entire farm area is private property owned by Qualco. It is OK to park
along the road or just off it where available or even in the parking lot
near the buildings. It is not OK to get out and walk towards the pond or
wander around buildings. Nesting ducks are still in the marshy area along
shoreline in addition to Canada geese with broods along with a single
Trumpeter Swan. The lease holder, Eagle Perch Ranch (a hunting club), does
not want people going into this wildlife sensitive area without express
permission from them. They have leased the entire pond area from Qualco and
thus control access to it.
I along with a few others are monitoring the swan and it is feeding
and moving around well at this time. It has been on the pond for more than
8 weeks. If you do see something amiss with the swan please feel free to
contact me directly.

This is a great place to see a wide variety of waterfowl and other birds.
Please respect the private property boundaries and bird from near your car
or along the roadside. And please remember to respect other private
property areas you may visit.

Thanks for birding with respect for wildlife and property owners.

Martha Jordan
The Trumpeter Swan Society



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