[Tweeters] Eide Road LEOW's - elitism

Sammy Catiis hikersammy at msn.com
Sun Feb 8 00:41:25 PST 2015

LOL Teresa, this is way true.

While there were 30 or more Photographers watching the LEO, I took my usual route through the trails on the preserve. I got a great Lincoln Sparrow shot as well as we were delighted to watch a Northern Shrike coughing up a pellet in front of us. Before that, I didn't even know they did that. Not many owls as much as a whole lot of other fun stuff. Including a great shot of some Meadow Larks and a Ruby Crowned Kinglets, a Golden Crowned and White Crowned Sparrows and my first Robin for the year. Love Eide for the diversity. I love owls as much as the next person, and because I live close enough by, I guess I can afford the more leasure stroll through. For others, it's a life lister perhaps and fun to see.. but why just stop at that.. one thing I'll never understand. Oh, and the Very dark morph Rough Legged.. very cool and fun to watch. Not that I need to list more reasons to visit.. perhaps you all can wait or head to Rawlings where you can see the same thing. A stroll through Wylie is on the books for tomorrow. GH Owl should be feeding the young, but I don't know where their nest is anymore, so don't ask.. haha I really don't. In fact I haven't seen it since all the construction even being told where he hangs out, I can't find him.. maybe that's a good thing?


From: teresa at avocetconsulting.com
To: tweeters at uw.edu
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Eide Road LEOW's - elitism
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 00:06:25 -0800

Hope I’m not opening a can of worms, but I’ve seen the word “elitism” used twice now with respect to closing or limiting access to the owls. I truly don’t understand this in this context. The issue is protection of the owls – there’s no real reason anyone actually needs to see these specific owls. I certainly don’t see any way in which this is a class issue. It’s not as if we the birders/photographers who are likely to know they’re out there in the first place are underprivileged individuals who are going to suffer more than anyone else if wildlife is allowed a little breather. We who shell out the bucks for the permits and optics and cameras and chasing trips – we can go somewhere else if an owl chooses a spot to roost in that’s too accessible for its own good. It’s gotten a little too easy to overwhelm wildlife due to the electronic means we have of communicating with each other – that’s the real problem. Why not just go for a walk where all the people are not and see what you find? Surely it’s not a very nice experience anyway when the people and the lenses outnumber the birds – not half as fun as finding something yourself in the peace and quiet of nature. It seems to me that the real elitism is requiring that wildlife already under pressure continue to be disturbed so that one can personally maintain access to get a tick on a life list or a good photograph, and there certainly appear to have been some individuals encountered out there that fit that profile. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for education and signage etc. But people just don’t behave themselves, and should they really have to post a ranger out there with their limited staff so everyone can continue to come and gawk? I’m all for closing areas that need to be closed when even “passive use” gets to be too overwhelming. Most of the other solutions cost money that these agencies just don’t have and they’re already fighting a losing battle. Conservation should come first. My two cents, from Olympia WATeresa Michelsen
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