Date: 2/10/21 10:04 am
From: Andrew R <reckersandrew...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] 4 snowy plovers + dogs
We could definitely use more signs and fencing. The fencing, apart from the
small chain link gate, is symbolic cable. In many places it simply rests on
the sand.

One issue I have with the signs is comprehensibility. The sign on the fence
itself, pictured below, says "Pets must be leashed all year except May 15
to July 1." The other, larger interpretive sign about 10 ft away (not
pictured, behind me when I took the photo) explains the snowy plover
situation, but then says something along the lines of "Snowy Plover season
is from July 1 to May 15, and pets must be leashed during this time"

Perhaps it is my own denseness, but I found it tricky to immediately grasp
which dates were allowed and which were not, due to the two different
phrasings the signs use. If we must give dog owners 6 weeks of leash free
time, it seems best to make it abundantly clear with the same phrasing
repeated multiple times.

Of course, MUCH more clear would be signs simply saying dogs must be on
leash in this area. Then you don't have to read the sentences thrice to
determine if you happen to be in the 6 week grace period or not.

On Wed, Feb 10, 2021 at 9:34 AM Siobhan Ruck <ms.siobhan.ruck...>

> During a previous debate over dogs in the parks, I wrote a Letter to the
> Editor (which the Chronicle published) saying simply: *Wild animals are
> not dog toys. *
> That’s the message we need to convey.
> Siobhan Ruck
> On Feb 10, 2021, at 8:52 AM, <greylag64...> wrote:
> I agree with Chrisand Lorelei. I have a friend who complained on her blog
> about the birds on Ocean Beach not allowing her dogs to have any fun for 9
> months of the year. She thought the birds should just go elsewhere.
> After I explained things to her, she said "I didn't know".
> So the answer is education, one on one. We have to be willing to engage.
> It is hard to do when the reaction is negative.
> I haven't been to Crissy Field in a while. Are there signs? Many places
> use signs painted by children. Is the fencing just that symbolic cable?
> Maybe we need to give Jackie Speier a hands-on.
> Laurie Graham
> South San Francisco
> On Tue, Feb 9, 2021, 18:57 Chrisand Lorelei <chrisandlorelei...>
> wrote:
>> I've had bad experiences with dog people, and think the most successful
>> attempts have been to say that THESE birds are migrating birds, and if they
>> get chased, they'll starve. Dog people don't mean to be cruel: they just
>> know it's natural for dogs to chase birds. And they don't know more, and
>> don't like to get scolded and threatened with not being able to take their
>> dogs out for necessary excercise. Some, when they hear about birds trying
>> to migrate and survive, do get a clue, and understand that letting their
>> dogs run should not include letting them chase birds. Rules only work when
>> people understand that the rules make sense. Best wishes for explaining,
>> maybe one person at a time.
>> ------------------------------
>> *From:* <SFBirds...> <SFBirds...> on behalf of Pat Greene <
>> <pjgreene...>
>> *Sent:* Saturday, February 6, 2021 12:59 PM
>> *To:* SF Birds <SFBirds...>
>> *Cc:* Joel Perlstein <joelperl...>; Dominik Mosur <
>> <polskatata...>; Dario Taraborelli <dario.taraborelli...>;
>> <margstan...> <margstan...>
>> *Subject:* Re: [SFBirds] 4 snowy plovers
>> The dog lobby is so well organized and well funded (including Jackie
>> Speier who was able to threaten GGNRA funding) that they are able to drive
>> the ‘rules’, —and then break whatever very weak rules exist.
>> Pat Greene
>> > On Feb 6, 2021, at 9:11 AM, Dominik Mosur via <polskatata=
>> <> wrote:
>> >
>> > SFBirders have been wondering the same for a couple of decades now.
>> >
>> >
>> >> On Feb 6, 2021, at 08:57, Dario Taraborelli <
>> <dario.taraborelli...> wrote:
>> >>
>> >> 
>> >> I’d love to know too. Every time I walk through the protected area on
>> a sunny day I see 4-5 unleashed dogs on average. I politely tell their
>> owners, and most reluctantly comply, but that lasts 15 minutes max.
>> >>
>> >>> On Feb 5, 2021, at 21:55, Joel Perlstein <joelperl...>
>> wrote:
>> >>>
>> >>> 
>> >>> Thanks for the info. I went on Thursday and saw two snowy plovers and
>> many unleashed dogs.
>> >>>
>> >>> I asked one of the dog owners to leash their dog, but they did not do
>> so.
>> >>>
>> >>>
>> >>> Is there anything we can do to get the National Park Service to
>> enforce its dog rules in the snowy plover protection areas, or to get them
>> to just prohibit dogs in those areas?
>> >>> --
>> >>> Joel Perlstein
>> >>> San Francisco
>> >>>
>> >

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