Date: 7/28/20 6:13 am From: Kristen Lindquist <kelindquist...> Subject: Fwd: [Maine-birds] Nesting interference
Forgive me, and maybe I’m way off base here—but regardless of your thoughts
about private property, this may not be the best tactic to employ as a
birder. What may be “well within my rights” is not always right. And
nothing gives birders as a group a worse reputation than someone getting
publicly called out for pissing off a home/landowner—which makes the next
person who finds a rare bird on their property that much more likely to
prohibit visitors. “But your land wasn’t posted” is not a viable excuse.
With reference to the Mississippi Kites in NH, these landowners DID express
disapproval with people’s behavior. Did they have their lawns posted? Does
that even matter? Someone “exercising their rights” and pissing someone off
by chasing a bird through (unmarked) private property is only going to make
it that much harder for the next birder(s) who comes along. Our property
system here in ME generally works well for birders because most of us are
guided not by signage (or lack thereof) but by respect for each other and a
desire for continued access.
On Tue, Jul 28, 2020 at 1:15 AM Thomas Foley <thomaspfoley5...>
> You make an interesting point, but I never got the impression that the
> birds themselves were being negatively affected here (please correct me if
> I’m wrong). I want to make sure that all readers are aware that in both
> Maine and New Hampshire, private property THAT IS NOT POSTED AS PRIVATE
> PROPERTY may be freely used by anyone! Yes, it is best practice to get
> permission—please use your best judgment and don’t push it. However, you
> are well within your rights to bird on private property as long as there
> are no signs explicitly telling you not to.
> As a twenty-something, all I can think is, “wow, it must be SO challenging
> to have private property to trespass upon.” I will probably never own land
> and simply can not sympathize with those who restrict the freedoms of
> others by making their stolen land inaccessible (and let’s be clear—birds
> nesting on private property are not private property themselves). We should
> all bird responsibly... we should also know our rights and exercise them.
> Again, please let us all know if the birds themselves actually need more
> space. If the kites seem disturbed, let’s back off a little. If the
> homeowners specifically express disapproval of use of their property, let’s
> back off a little. But in general, fight the man, bird freely, and mark
> your private property if you genuinely take issue with others using it.
> I am happy to further share my thoughts about the issue of private
> property access and land users’ rights. Feel free to retort by text or
> voice at (203) 209-9342 or at <thomaspfoley5...>
> Tom Foley
> avid birder, far left-winger, unabashed post-humanist
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