[Tweeters] Bad [human] behavior at Ridgefield NWR

A & S Hill 60stops2home at kalama.com
Mon Jan 27 18:05:26 PST 2014

Thanks for the info, Bill!

Being a former museum professional as well as a former refuge volunteer in
other states myself, I should have remembered how awkward non-staff
confrontations of violators can be for Refuge staff and volunteers. That is
the last thing I would want. Luckily, the woman I confronted simply ignored

Also, from this day forward, I will make very sure to remove the beanbag
from my window frame on the auto tour route any time the car is in motion

Happy Birding!
Amy Hill
Kalama, WA
60stops2home at kalama dot com

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Thanks for the link, Wilson and Kevin. However I have to agree with Hal in
wondering what the difference is vis-a-vis disturbing the wildlife?

As I noted in my last reply to this thread, I plan to call for
clarification. I have now just gotten off the phone with the folks at
Ridgefield for clarification, so darned easy to call and ask.

There are 2 reasons. The first is safety, if it is illegal to do on
the roads outside the reserve, is it not OK within the reserve.
Technically this could extend to driving around with bean bags and scopes on
the window and seat belts unfastened.

The second is that the wildlife does not understand lenses/scopes/binos, but
they do understand human heads and torsos, so yes, body parts out of the car
will disturb them. This is also prime migration time, sometime in May this
is open to foot traffic.

This certainly clarifies it for me, hope it helps others.

One other thing that was passed on to me, regarding the numbers of folks out
this weekend, is that they are really trying to avoid confrontations over
people trying to provide enforcement, as this can cause issues for their
volunteers. I think we should keep this in mind as well.

Bill Dewey
Marysville, Wa

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