At 11:30 this morning there were two Snowy Owls at the airport.  One heavily bared bird was nestled against a runway light southeast of and not far from the main terminal building. A lighter individual was hunkered down farther away, on a ridge almost due east of the building.  Eight or ten people were on the tarmac getting great views with binos and scopes.

The warning is this: according to the person on duty in the terminal building, they have had unusual problems this month with birders not respecting the limits they set for access, and further incidents will result in ending public access to the tarmac for viewing the owls.  In three cases this month, birders who had specifically been told how far they could go past the terminal ignored the limits in order to get much closer to the owls.  I was told that when Dave Haimes, the airport manager, went after one photographer who had gone far beyond the boundary pointed out to him, that photographer became verbally abusive and was escorted from the property and told not to return.

It would be a shame to lose this access. You might want to spread the word and try to gently educate folks who seem to be pushing or exceeding the limits.



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