Date: 11/1/20 12:12 pm
From: Ryan Maclean via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Respect the owls!
Thank you for this reminder Monica. I unfortunately have been told of
atleast several other instances of this occurring in years past and am
extremely upset to hear that this happened. As a polite reminder to all, if
you put any owls on Ebird even using the general name of the park they are
located in it has been enough to draw people there who will not be
respectful of the birds. So for any sensitive species of winter roosting
owls please make a private ebird checklist, post at a later date or use an
extremely vague location such as the county it's in.

Thank you,
-Ryan MacLean
Bird Education Specialist
Greenwich Audubon Center

On Sun, Nov 1, 2020 at 1:52 PM Nichols Photography via CTBirds <
<ctbirds...> wrote:

> I was just reading Eli H’s report while at work today and I’m appalled by
> the behavior he witnessed. It’s important to be quiet when in an area where
> owls are known to be. Too loud will bring a predator to the area and the
> owl won’t stand a chance. People need to also understand we should not be
> overcrowding the owl. They need their space and they need to rest during
> the day. A friend of mine texted me a photo of the remains of an owl found
> today. The cause of death was likely an attack by a larger raptor which was
> probably initiated by HUMANS being loud and attracting the bigger bird’s
> attention. So PLEASE don’t yell or talk loud, or tell everybody you know to
> come see an owl. It will not end up well for the birds.
>
> Also, please don’t use audio playback on the owls and restrain from using
> flash as we don’t want to stress the owls more.
>
> Respectfully,
>
> Monica Nichols
> Madison
> Sent from my iPhone
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