[Tweeters] Bad [human] behavior at Ridgefield NWR and some beautif ul birds

Lyn Topinka pointers at pacifier.com
Mon Jan 27 13:09:09 PST 2014


hi ... FWIW ... according to Fish & Wildlife -
standing in the sunroof DOES violate the "spirit"
of the "stay in your car" ... here's the paragraph from their website ... Lyn



>Seasonal Stay In Your Car Requirement - From

>October 1 to May 1, visitors to the Auto Tour

>Route are required to stay in their car other

>than at the entrance parking lot and observation

>blind parking lot. If all visitors respect this

>rule, wildlife disturbance will be reduced

>affording everyone a better wildlife viewing

>opportunity. Logic and safety should dictate

>appropriate behaviors! Standing on pick-up

>running boards, sitting in an open hatchback or

>trunk, standing in the back of pick-ups, using

>open car window as seats, wildlife viewing

>through open car doors, sitting on the roof, and

>standing in the sunroof all violate the spirit

>of the 'stay in your car' requirement! As a

>matter of safety, behaviors inappropriate for

>other public roads (e.g. driving with the doors

>open) are equally inappropriate for Refuge roads.






At 12:31 PM 1/27/2014, Wilson Cady wrote:

>Photographing birds at the Ridgefield NWR from a

>vehicle with a sun/moon roof does not violate

>the rule on staying in your vehicle.

>

>

>Wilson Cady

>Columbia River Gorge, WA

>

>

>---------- Original Message ----------

>From: Hal Michael <ucd880 at comcast.net>

>To: A & S Hill <60stops2home at kalama.com>

>Cc: Tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>

>Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Bad [human] behavior at

>Ridgefield NWR and some beautiful birds

>Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:25:45 +0000 (UTC)

>

>Just for clarification. How is opening up the

>sun/moon roof, standing, and taking pictures

>different from rolling down the window and

>sticking the camera/binos out the window?

>

>Hal Michael

>Olympia WA

>360-459-4005 (H)

>360-791-7702 (C)

>ucd880 at comcast.net

>

>

>----------

>From: "A & S Hill" <60stops2home at kalama.com>

>To: "Tweeters" <tweeters at u.washington.edu>

>Sent: Sunday, January 26, 2014 11:46:38 PM

>Subject: [Tweeters] Bad [human] behavior at

>Ridgefield NWR and some beautiful birds

>

>Sunday (today), we took advantage of our last

>“free” day (before the house painters come) to

>try out our new spotting scope. Paradise Point

>State Park off Exit 16 I-5 S was our first stop,

>only because we’ve never been there. It was a

>short trip. I did get to see some Golden-Crowned

>Kinglets “up close” with the scope, though. Very nice.

>

>

>

>Next, we stopped in the City of Ridgefield and

>parked near the Public Works on Division Street.

>I was too busy marveling at the birds through

>the scope to take photos. We saw all the usual

>ducks, geese, herons, cranes and coots. There

>was such a cacophony of Red-winged Blackbirds

>going on that I felt the need to record a bit of

>their overlapping (and overwhelming) songs. It was just heavenly.

>

>

>

>As we walked along the path back toward the car,

>a lone European Starling high up on a wire

>decided to mark the occasion by adding a wet

>spot to the tripod I had slung over my shoulder.

>Luckily the splash only hit my fingers and not my face or the new scope. Ha!

>

>

>

>The final stop was the auto tour of the River S

>Unit at Ridgefield NWR. The beautiful weather

>brought out many visitors, three of whom could

>not seem to understand the concept of Staying in

>Their Vehicles. Pictures of the offenders – with

>license plates – can be seen here:

><http://flic.kr/s/aHsjRivuxo>http://flic.kr/s/aHsjRivuxo

>

>

>

>My husband was lucky enough to see an American

>Bittern up close, among other gorgeous birds. A

>Great Egret had blood all over its beak from a

>recent kill. Here’s a link to his flickr

>photostream: <http://flic.kr/ps/zMtT9>http://flic.kr/ps/zMtT9

>

>

>

>I got a few “lucky shots” myself. Hooded

>Mergansers and the Bald Eagle pair were

>highlights for us. Some are posted on my flickr

>photostream:

><http://flic.kr/p/jwUJUH>http://flic.kr/p/jwUJUH

> This link is for the Merganser photo.

>

>

>

>It was a perfect way to end our weekend!

>

>

>

>

>

>Amy Hill

>

>Kalama, Washington

>

>628 feet up in Cowlitz County

>

>60stops 2 home at kalama dot com

>

>Artlessfun at yahoo dot com

>

>

>

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Lyn Topinka
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