Date: 10/28/19 11:21 am
From: Nels Nelson <nelsnelson7...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Snowy Plovers
No apologies needed Dave. And thank YOU and all the others who've made
such a large contribution to the recovery of the Snowy Plovers in Oregon.

Nels Nelson
Hillsboro

On Mon, Oct 28, 2019 at 10:22 AM DJLauten and KACastelein <
<deweysage...> wrote:

> Hi folks,
>
> Just wanted to make a friendly comment about Snowy Plovers on the Oregon
> Coast. I just got back from our fall annual meeting, and there was
> some talk about some "birders" getting a little too over enthusiastic
> about nesting Snowy Plovers on the north coast. I have also heard
> this through the birding grapevine.
>
> So a reminder that Snowy Plovers are protected by the Endangered Species
> Act. Entering any plover nesting area or restricted area is a serious
> violation. Any behavior that may harass the plovers can be considered
> a violation. That includes approaching birds to photograph them or
> being around any active nest.
>
> All plover nesting areas are currently monitored by either state or
> federal agency biologists, or volunteers that have been trained who work
> with the state and federal agencies. If you are not part of the
> program, please do not approach, harass, or enter any nesting area.
> Please give the birds space. There are plenty of opportunities to
> see, photograph, and enjoy Snowy Plovers. Please be part of the
> solution, not part of the problem.
>
> While I have stated that we are interested in color combos of the banded
> plovers, please be aware that this does not mean anyone has a right to
> harass or approach plovers or enter nesting areas. The facts are that
> most of the birds are well documented by trained individuals either from
> the agencies or associated with the program. While we appreciate the
> extra sitings, they are not completely necessary as we tend to get the
> information through our normal work and the people who do the work.
> So please do not automatically think that you have to get or know that
> band combo on some plover - chances are we already have the data and no
> data is worth harassing birds or entering nesting areas or overly
> observing nesting birds.
>
> If you are really interested in plovers, there are ways to potentially
> contribute and that requires contacting the appropriate agency and
> getting trained to be a volunteer. Please enjoy the recovery of plovers,
> but remember they are a protected species and the best thing we can do
> for them is give them as much space as possible to do what plovers do,
> which is try to raise a family just like most of us humans want to do
> (in peace!).
>
> Thanks for your time and apologies for taking up space.
>
> Cheers
>
> Dave Lauten
>
> Oregon Biodiversity Information Center
>
> Institute for Natural Resources
>
> Portland State Univ
>
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