Date: 5/2/17 6:53 am
From: Glenn <000001214b3fcb01-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Whoopers

I told myself I wouldn’t send any more emails on this subject.  But your post left an opening for me to explain why I brought this up at all.

I had heard about the Whoopers.  So I called and asked a birder friend about them and was told they didn’t want anybody up there disturbing the birds.  In other words, they were off limits.  So I accepted what I was told and never went up.  End of subject.  Except it wasn’t.  Just recently, people started posting their amazing photos of the cranes.  One of the popular facebook pages for posting bird photos even make it their cover photo.  They were seemingly rubbing it in our faces that they all got to go see birds that the rest of us couldn’t.  And that is when it hit me, these people tell me the cranes were off limits, but obviously they weren’t off limits to them.  That made me start wondering why the rules applied to some of us, but not to all of us. 

If you go back and look at the emails from the people who support the cranes being off limits, you will find that most of them went up to see the birds.  So they support the rules, it just appears they feel like the rules don’t apply to them.  And this isn’t an isolated incident.  An example, I was aware of an owl nest close to the road.  Very close.  I went there several times over the last 2 years and never saw the mom, never saw the babies.  It seems the birds were always inside the tree.  Well I was told they were not making the location public because they “didn’t want too many people calling the owls off the nest”.  Did you get that?  It was okay for this person to call them out to get a good photo, but it would probably be bad if too many people did it.  So, it is alright if certain birders disturb the owls as long as the rest of us don’t.  I hear down in the Rio Grande Valley it is illegal to use playback on birds.  If I had my way it would be that way in Arkansas, and those playback programs would all be banned.  And yes, I have used them as well, to a limited extent.

So, bottom line - if you people in charge of making up these birding rules want to impose these rules on the rest of us, make darn sure those rules apply to you as well.  Just please please don't tell us a bird is off limits then start posting the photos you took while you were viewing those off limit birds.
Respectfully,Glenn WyattCabot

From: David Ray <cardcards...>
To: <ARBIRD-L...>
Sent: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 7:41 AM
Subject: Re: Whoopers

I think that this situation and all future situations like this could easily be avoided by the AG&F and the AAS by posting the message "THESE BIRDS ARE NOT TO BE PURSUED".  This eliminates any question as to whether or not it is proper to search out the bird and leaves it in the hands of individuals and their own set of ethics whether to violate the request. I personally got from the original post that this was a non pursuit situation with these whoopers, especially when the location was specifically left out. Others evidently did not, which is what happens when things are left in gray areas instead of black and white. Am I upset I didn't see the birds? No. There will be others either here or somewhere else that are okay to be viewed with no questions asked. David Ray NLR

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On May 1, 2017, at 10:41 PM, David Starrett <StarrettDA...> wrote:

Last weekend we attended the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Festival in Woodward, OK.  Because of thesignificant loss of chickens, habitat and foodsource due to the wildfires in western KS and OK earlier this year, there isconcern for the continued survival of this very range-limited species.  While it was open toanyone, everyone in the bus who saw the chickens (we saw 10 males!) was asked to not pin theexact location in eBird but put in a general location.  Over 8 days of the festival a few pins were put in but all followed theinstructions.  It seemed reasonable to us and I was glad to help keep thelocation unknown for thetime being to help minimize risk to them.  But, anyone could havesigned up for the festival.
David Starrett
Columbia, MO

From: The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List <ARBIRD-L...> on behalf of David Oakley <gdosr...>
Sent: Monday, May 1, 2017 10:18 PM
To: <ARBIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: Whoopers I for one did not know all the details of this story until Karen Rowe laid out all facts with her post to Arbird.  All I knew was some were seeing the birds and the location was not put out. I think Herschel pretty much sums up this entire discussion as it relates to these particular birds and I agree with him totally.  He stated  "I don’t think their positions should be reported at all."
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David Oakley4779 Cedar Ridge DriveSpringdale, AR 72764479/422-6588
“Whiskey for my men, beer for my horses"

On May 1, 2017, at 8:00 PM, Herschel Raney <herschel.raney...> wrote:

At the risk of annoying someone, I will say that equating these Whooping Cranes that are part of the re-establishment program which are highly monitored and very human adapted with your normal rare bird sighting is a grave miscategorization. These birds require special care as they are just beginning to perform actual migration feats that make any sense and to nest on their return north. Frankly I don’t think their positions should be reported at all. And I would be on the committee that voted for moving any of them that stayed in the location these recent birds chose for a sustained stay. I received photos of the birds with their leg equipment, antennas and frightening background of rural homesteads and lawns with highway. Hell I would have moved them myself with a sack of corn and a roomy trailer in the dark of night if I could have pulled it off. Hauled them out to Big Lake. Though Lord knows what the satellite monitoring boys would have thought. “Jim, these two look like they are travelling at 65 mph about eight feet off the ground in the dark towards the Mississippi.” No doubt I would have been busted. I went thirty years ago to south Texas and watched adult and juvenile Whoopers out in the marshes they winter in from the safety of a boat. It was a fine landscape. These regal wild birds choose generally regal places to stay. These new birds don’t know. But perhaps their children will. Seeing these two recent birds in just the photos reminded me of how broken the world is. And I had no desire to see them in that condition or location. In any case, accusing the birders of Arkansas of colluding to hide rarities, struck me as misinformed. And when the first wild adult Whooper wanders away from the Platte River corridor and shows up at Millwood or the coastal plain or the fields along the Mississippi you can bet Kenny or LaDonna or Charles or Richard or Joe will inform people that they have arrived. And then I would go.The website for the project (you know, if you want to give them some money): RaneyConway AR

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