[Tweeters] Request for information - Owls
Robert DeCandido PhD
rdcny at earthlink.net
Tue Jun 19 13:52:55 PDT 2018
Deborah Allen and I will be visiting Bellingham from about 11 July
through 2 August...and we are interested in hearing about any good
locations in that area for Flammulated Owl (Otus flammeolus), Boreal
Owl (Aegolius funereus) as well as Western Screech-owl (Otus
kennicottii). We would like to know the best places to look for these
two species - for example what parks/trails near Bellingham (within
100 - 200 miles) have people found any of these species?
Yes we realize/know how controversial telling anyone about owl
locations can be...but we are scientists with a bunch of
ornithology/botany publications on international topics (raptor
migration in Thailand, Malaysia and Nepal - we have worked there
since 1998) and other scientific papers about birds/plants where we
live in NYC. We have two publications on owls...The Owls of NYC
1860-present and the History of the Eastern Screech-owl in NYC from
1860-present...email us if interested to know/read more.
For the folks that might be perturbed at this request see this
The delicate politics of chasing owls. Also, some might be familiar
with Kevin McGowan PhD at Cornell - see his comments below.
Robert DeCandido PhD
Re:[nysbirds-l] The delicate politics of chasing owls.
Kevin J. McGowan Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:14:43 -0800
I agree with the logic of this article, and have made the same
argument for years. Owls are not particularly vulnerable to
disturbance, and they are spectacular ambassadors to non-birders. Do
you know how many Northern Saw-whet and Boreal owls exist in the
world, and how few ever encounter people (other than, perhaps,
over-exuberant banders ;^))? One in a publicly-available spot can
generate so much goodwill that, as an educator, I would argue to
disturb its sleep a few times so that people can experience it.
It's boils down to the old saw: people only protect what they love,
and they don't love anything they don't know. And, I would add that
the best way to learn to love owls is to actually see one
face-to-face in the wild.
But, from my experience on this issue, people seem to have become
almost as religious in their views as the cats-as-predators one. I am
happy to see a logical, not emotional public piece about it, nonetheless.
That's my humble opinion, and I don't expect everyone to agree. Just saying...
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