Thank you Dody! Your ethical methods are to be commended!! It is good to hear that you are one of the helpers!!!
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From: Dody <dody...>
Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 2:14:41 PM
To: Juliet Berger <juliet.berger...>
Cc: Diane Constable <oakwoodfcr...>; Carol Poulos <cpoulos...>; Joann Green <joanngreen628...>; April Campbell <adc14...>; <birders...> <birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Owlet removed
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Juliet, I really appreciate your call for everyone to learn more about wildlife and respect not only the animals but their habitat. Since you put rehabbers in the category of Humane Society staff and presumably the public, I want to clarify that not all rehabbers are negligent. I am dismayed that a local rehabber would willingly take this owlet.
Please please understand that River Raisin Raptor Center, fully permitted by both MI and F&W would never take a healthy young bird from the wild. We've been rehabilitating raptors for more than 30 years and network all over the country. We are also very active with the International Wildlife Rehabilitator's Council and the National Wildlife Rehabilitation Association. I apologize for tooting our own horn, but I felt the need to defend our reputation in case anyone lumps us with the not so respectable rehabbers.
Please help us get the word out. Owlets on the ground do not need our help! They are fledglings and can use their beaks and talons to climb into a bush or tree. Their parents know where they are. The parents are feeding and protecting them. Humane Society of Huron Valley removed this owl, and they have been notified of best practices by several owl experts.
We would like their staff to respect the welfare of Owls and follow DNR rules to not remove owls unless they are sick or injured. Same for any rehabbers involved. Same for all wildlife.
Washtenaw Audubon Society
On Sat, Mar 13, 2021 at 1:51 PM Diane Constable <oakwoodfcr...><mailto:<oakwoodfcr...>> wrote:
I hope the owls will be safe and away from photographers who dont have the wellbeing of birds in mind. I see way too many photos of these owls-and other birds- who are obviously in stress/defense mode and people oooh and aaahhh at the photos of an 'animated' bird -no it is scared and trying to defend it's life, family, and home.
Some (NOT ME) photographers go as far as to entice the bird into 'action' shots and/or bait it with food to get the 'wow' photo all the time stressing or offering food that can be very detrimental to the bird.
The owlet was "rescued" a second time and is currently in a rehab center. A person who does not understand normal owl behavior called for help for this owlet twice this year. This is the third year one of these owlets was unnecessarily taken from the nest. Please encourage people to completely stop posting about these owls on social media.
The owls are in a different tree further away this year. I have been told that one baby was out of the nest for some reason but was rescued and placed back in the nest. A friend saw two babies in the nest a few days ago, one much smaller than the other. I have not gone to see them.
I understand one of the owlets was removed from Island Park after well meaning, but ignorant people called a critter control type outfit. Perhaps it's best to remove the nesting tree, as these poor creatures are harassed incessantly each year by the locals. I stopped photographing them two years ago because it attracted too much attention. What a shame if this has happened. The nest was splashed all over social media.