Date: 1/7/19 7:31 am
From: Paul Plotnick via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Owls and eBird- A word of caution
I've seen 3 species of owls in several locations but have never reported
them.

On Mon, Jan 7, 2019 at 9:29 AM Stefan Martin via CTBirds <
<ctbirds...> wrote:

> Unfortunately by doing it this way, you are still including the Town. Most
> folks can make an educated guess or have learned where the owl roost sites
> are based on town alone. I think the best way is to not even post these
> sightings until the birds have returned North for the breeding season.
> Also, it’s upsetting just how many photos of Day-roosting Owls there are on
> eBird that show the birds to be alarmed or agitated. Can one justify this
> documentation’ for a citizen science program? I think this issue has many
> more layers than we think.
>
> Stefan Martin
> Stratford
>
> On Mon, Jan 7, 2019 at 6:49 AM <mresch8702...> wrote:
>
> > An eBird option for posting these day roost sites is to only provide a
> > general location instead the specific site where the birds were seen.
> You
> > can list the "Location" for the checklist only as the town where the
> birds
> > were found instead of the actual site. From there you can add in details
> in
> > the "Comments" field for the checklist, or in the "Details" section for
> > that species, describing that the listed location is not the actual
> > location of the sighting, principally to protect the bird.
> >
> > This approach allows the sighting to still be included in the database of
> > eBird records to understand the distribution of that species, while
> > protecting the bird from over-zealous photographers.
> >
> >
> > Mike Resch
> > www.statebirding.blogspot.com
> > Pepperell, MA
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Shaun Martin via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
> > To: Stefan Martin <nafets519...>
> > Cc: ctbirds <ctbirds...>; greg hanisek <
> <ctgregh...>
> > >
> > Sent: Sun, Jan 6, 2019 8:49 pm
> > Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Owls and eBird- A word of caution
> >
> > I see it every year in my local patch, people trying to get that perfect
> > shot at the expense of the owl. Most everytime I ask where they got the
> > location, it's from Ebird. Couldn't agree more with not reporting owls as
> > they currently roost. Ebird should have all owl reports under sensitive
> > species, with no location. Perhaps saving the reports and submitting them
> > once they have moved back north would be a option for people in the
> > meantime.
> >
> > Shaun Martin
> >
> >
> > On Sun, Jan 6, 2019, 5:52 PM Stefan Martin via CTBirds <
> > <ctbirds...> wrote:
> >
> > > Hey all,
> > > It seems that every winter there is an incident (or many) involving
> > > ‘Day-roosting Owls’ (I.e. Saw-whet and Long-eared Owls) and unethical
> > > approach or behavior. While the guidelines for this listserv prohibit
> > > reporting these species, eBird does not follow the same criteria.
> > Although
> > > it is important to obtain this data on individual species and
> occurrence,
> > > reports of Owls on eBird lead to unnecessary disturbance and sometimes,
> > > even death (I’ve seen this happen)..
> > >
> > > What’s the reason for this post?
> > > It was brought to my attention that there was a recent issue involving
> an
> > > individual and a specific bird that had been regularly reported on
> eBird
> > > over the past few weeks which escalated to the point where law
> > enforcement
> > > needed to be called. The individual (photographer) was shaking a tree
> and
> > > removing/snapping branches by hand in order to get the Owl to look at
> the
> > > photographer for the ‘perfect shot’.. The individual was confronted by
> > > another birder and became a scene rather quickly.. Needless to say,
> this
> > > bird which had been around for weeks now, has abandoned the roost and
> the
> > > tree was essentially destroyed. I’m not a fan of being the ‘Owl-Police’
> > but
> > > unfortunately, people do not think about the risk they are putting on
> > these
> > > birds in the field or online. I know for a fact that these birds are
> > chased
> > > around every year based on current eBird reports with photographers
> > > traveling from surrounding states for a chance to photograph these
> > awesome
> > > birds. So with this being said, I strongly urge everyone to refrain
> from
> > > posting Owls to eBird or hiding these species from your checklists.
> Maybe
> > > Greg has some thoughts or suggestions on this or how you can edit lists
> > in
> > > order to hide these sensitive species.. There have been other reliable
> > > roosting locations that do not exist anymore because of continuous
> > flushing
> > > and disturbance.. It’s really such a shame that these things happen.
> > >
> > > Anyway, please keep this in mind in the future and please be sure to
> > > mention something to those you see using unethical approach.
> > > If you see something, say something...
> > >
> > > Happy Birding,
> > > Stefan Martin
> > > Stratford (for the month)
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