Date: 3/2/17 3:15 pm From: Jim McPhee <jmcphee...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] ABQ spotted owl-access being denied by the National Park Service.
I went to see the Spotted Owl about 1 PM today. The area where viewers had been previously allowed access had been blocked off. The rangers informed me that they had been directed by their regional headquarters to no longer allow access to the owl because the only way to currently view it is practically get right next to it at just above eye level. They feel, and I think rightly so, that continued access risks disturbing this threated species. They asked that the word be put out that at least for now, visitors will not be allowed access to the area from which the owl can be viewed.
I'd suggest anyone interest in seeing the owl contact the Petroglyphs National Monument headquarters and ask what their current policy is regarding being able to see the owl.
Jim McPhee Placitas, NM W5ABA
-----Original Message----- From: <aznmbirds-request...> [mailto:<aznmbirds-request...>] On Behalf Of Karen Herzenberg Sent: Thursday, March 2, 2017 2:44 PM To: AZ NM Bird Listserv <aznmbirds...> Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] ABQ spotted owl
I'm afraid my earlier message about viewing the owl came off as kind of flippant. My apologies.
To clarify, we need to be extra cautious and respectful of this sensitive bird of prey and contacting the rangers on one's arrival may help them to limit the bird's stress.
As I was kindly reminded, and I wish to remind you: we should avoid reporting the exact location of sensitive species, and of owls in particular. Although this bird's current "address" is already very public, it is still incumbent upon us to keep in mind the big picture of conservation and not love this owl (or any other animal, plant or location) to death.
> On Mar 2, 2017, at 8:45 AM, Karen Herzenberg <karen.herzenberg...> wrote: > > The spotted owl at Petroglyphs National Monument visitor center is still present this morning. > > **The very friendly Rangers requested that birders check in at the visitor center and then a Ranger will take you to see the bird. This will help them to protect the bird and the facility.** > > Enjoy! > > Karen Herzenberg > Ranger Karen LLC > Albuquerque, NM > 505-563-0387 > <Karen.herzenberg...>