[Tweeters] Vandalism at Birding Sites

Teresa Michelsen teresa at avocetconsulting.com
Fri Jan 14 09:59:00 PST 2022

I’m sorry to hear of this as these are two of my favorite birding spots. The car alarm seems like the best approach, since if one goes off it might deter them from approaching other vehicles (or at Nisqually, alert the rangers to the issue).

Dogs, even in cars, are not allowed at Nisqually NWR so that option is out :) I agree that would be a good deterrent!!

Teresa Michelsen
Hoodsport, WA

From: Tweeters <tweeters-bounces at mailman11.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of Jon. Anderson and Marty Chaney
Sent: Friday, January 14, 2022 9:53 AM
To: Tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Subject: [Tweeters] Vandalism at Birding Sites

Just a note that a group of Birders’ vehicles were vandalized and prowled in broad daylight at the parking lot of the North Mason Schools’ Mary E. Theler Early Learning Center in Belfair. This is the main access for the Theler Wetlands nature trails, and the bi-monthly bird walks hosted by John Riegsecker and Faye McAdams Hands.

Apparently, these Vandals (a terrible adjective for these low-lives: the epithet derives from the nice peoples of antiquity . . . just because they sacked Rome in 455 A.D.) were after spare change and possibly personal identification papers - insurance and registration, etc. - rather than stuff they could pawn. A few people had optics and other items in the vehicle that were not taken.

My passenger side window was broken out and the glove boxes rifled through. I keep no money, not even change, in my car, so didn’t suffer any theft. But the perpetrators caused thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to 9 vehicles for likely less than $10 worth of “take”.

In my area, the parking lots at Nisqually Refuge get hit periodically as well.

Just a reminder for us to not leave valuables in our cars while birding, and to ensure our car alarm is activated. Or, as one of our company did - leave a large dog in the front seat!

Safe Birding, all -
Jon. Anderson
festuca at comcast dot net

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