Date: 8/25/20 12:12 pm From: Randy Wardle <wrwardle...> Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Pajaro Dunes South now off limits!
I once had the woman that runs the staff at the gatehouse ask me what particular birds I was there to see. She was definitely testing me on that occasion. (Sure wish I could have remembered at least one bird species name under all that pressure!) We're actually hoping that they will accept a list of birder names that we can provide them. There has been no communication yet, so we shall see what, if anything, they will allow.
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Sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 7:02 PM
To: Michael Bolte <mjbolte...>
Cc: Sharon Hull <plants...>; Randy Wardle <wrwardle...>; Digest Recipients <mbbirds...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Pajaro Dunes South now off limits!
The gatehouse could have us come in and if we can't make a list of at least 20 birds found in the Slough/Beach, no access.
On 2020-08-24 1:54 pm, Michael Bolte wrote:
I'd suggest looking into the environmental assessment they must have done when the permits were granted to put in the development. Usually one of the mitigations is providing public access to the wetlands and beaches. Perhaps someone who works on these sorts of things would know where to start to look for the documentation. I don't remember what year(s) that development was built.
Randy, this is indeed sad news. Not only is that area a prime location during migration especially, it has been a safe place to bird solo. Thanks for your efforts, and those of all others involved, in trying to work out a solution that will still allow birders access. Maybe a list of "real" birders and photo IDs to be shown at the gate?
Unfortunately, this past weekend several birders were turned away from the Pajaro Dunes South Complex. This is the complex that runs along Rio Boca Rd. along the lower Watsonville Slough to Pelican Point, the confluence, and the beach access to the Pajaro River mouth. They were told that a number of people are telling the gatehouse they are there to go birding and then entering the complex to go to the beach instead. The gatehouse staff has said that until further notice, no one will be allowed into the complex to go birding. This is bad news indeed. So many species are seen along this corridor and beach area. There are a few MBB folks that are working to get the contact info of the appropriate association staff in an effort to see if it is possible to somehow get us back in good standing. Let's hope they are amenable to some kind of control measures that will allow us to bird there again in the future. We were able to work this same issue out with the other side of the Dunes along Shell Rd. called Shorebirds Pond. I hope we can do the same with the south complex.