Date: 4/1/17 11:50 am
From: 'Norm Lewis' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Burrowing Owls and security guards, Adams county
I understand, and this why I encourage other birders not to let themselves be pushed around for no particular good reason. I make it a point never to pass a "private property" sign, to cross fences or enter anywhere that says "keep out". However, I find that more and more I am being harrassed for being in areas which appear have public access. "Golf Cart Boy" out at Latham once called the sheriff on me (he did it while I was standing there, so I know he actually did it; I overheard the conversation). I just stood there while he yelled at me that I was ignoring him, to which I replied, "Yep". He left, but I waited around for the authorities, who of course never appeared. They probably got a good laugh out of his report of a miscreant birder.
Anyway, if law enforcement gives me a valid reason way I should vacate an area, vacate I will. Yesterday's "officer" (who must have looking desperately for a reason to justify her existence) just sputtered about "DIA" and "private property" and really had no good reason why I should leave the area.
That's probably enough on this subject. Please obey all property signs and follow the ABA Code of Ethics. But I submit that there is no reason why birders should be bullied just because we have a reputation for being rather passive.


Norm Lewis
Lakewood, CO




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From: Diana Beatty <otowi33.33...>
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Sent: Sat, Apr 1, 2017 11:12 am
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Burrowing Owls and security guards, Adams county



That is funny, but as a Muslim birder this stuff is not much of a joke to me. I am afraid to go on any birding expeditions out of the country right now, or to even try to get on a plane to go somewhere in this country. I was harassed and followed by security once for birding at the Xeriscape Gardens in Colorado Springs - apparently because it is owned by the local utility company the fact that I had a scarf and binoculars made me a terrorist. I just don't trust the 'authorities' are always going to do the right thing because of my appearance. I have heard the same thing from several birders of color. I encourage those of you who are less marginalized to keep standing up when people push you like that because you might be indirectly helping out someone who wouldn't be able to do so.


Diana Beatty
El Paso County



On Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 10:13 AM, Ira Sanders <zroadrunner14...> wrote:


April Fools!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



On Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 10:12 AM, Joe Roller <jroller9...> wrote:

I was curious about the extra vigilance you have described, so I researched the issue on line.


It turns out that there was a recent Interpol bulletin about the threats and damage to reservoirs, especially
in parts of Great Britain and Germany. Terrorists have been posing as birders in order to avoid arousing suspicion
from security guards.
Dressed as birders, with binoculars, muddy boots and field guides, these miscreants have been found
lurking close to large reservoirs. When no one seemed to be watching, one Isis commando was videotaped
heaving a gunny sack full of zebra mussels over a fence, where it plopped into Fulz Reservoir, which is the
main water supply of Stuttgart, near the air force base.
When caught, he explained (translated from Farsi), "No way was I going to wear a suicide vest, so I opted for
the safer act of slowly destroying that reservoir with these noxious, invasive bivalves."


Be wary though out this day in early April, and the rest of month too.


Joe Roller, Denver






On Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 8:41 AM, Susan Rosine <u5b2mtdna...> wrote:

There is an area where signs are posted No Stopping or Parking (something like that), but I've always pulled over every where else along that road. I wouldn't worry about it. She must be new. They know birders are always on that road.
Susan Rosine
Thornton

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