I agree with the logic of this article, and have made the same argument for 
years. Owls are not particularly vulnerable to disturbance, and they are 
spectacular ambassadors to non-birders. Do you know how many Northern Saw-whet 
and Boreal owls exist in the world, and how few ever encounter people (other 
than, perhaps, over-exuberant banders ;^))? One in a publicly-available spot 
can generate so much goodwill that, as an educator, I would argue to disturb 
its sleep a few times so that people can experience it.

It's boils down to the old saw: people only protect what they love, and they 
don't love anything they don't know. And, I would add that the best way to 
learn to love owls is to actually see one face-to-face in the wild.

But, from my experience on this issue, people seem to have become almost as 
religious in their views as the cats-as-predators one. I am happy to see a 
logical, not emotional public piece about it, nonetheless.

That's my humble opinion, and I don't expect everyone to agree. Just saying...

From: bounce-122210006-3714...@list.cornell.edu 
<bounce-122210006-3714...@list.cornell.edu> on behalf of Meena Madhav Haribal 
Sent: Saturday, January 20, 2018 8:50 AM
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Subject: [nysbirds-l] The delicate politics of chasing owls.

Interesting article.

Some of you may not have seen it!

The delicate politics of chasing owls.



The Delicate Politics of Chasing Owls - The New York 
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Owls tend to be secretive. While there are a few American 
species that enjoy the daylight hours, most are nocturnal and spend their days 

Meena Haribal
Ithaca NY 14850

Ithaca area moths: https://plus.google.com/118047473426099383469/posts
Dragonfly book sample pages:

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Sent: Saturday, January 20, 2018 12:06 AM
Subject: nysbirds-l digest: January 20, 2018

NYSBIRDS-L Digest for Saturday, January 20, 2018.

1. eBird.org: Recent Additions to County Checklists
2. Eastern Long Island Update
3. NYC Audubon Lecture, Wed, Jan 24


Subject: eBird.org: Recent Additions to County Checklists
From: Ben Cacace <bcac...@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:31:28 -0500
X-Message-Number: 1

When working on the NYS eBird Hotspots wiki I'll compare the previous bar
chart list of species with the current one picking up any additions or
deletions. By going to each county's 'Overview' page you can determine the
date the species was added by county. Some are from newly submitted
checklists from many months / years ago.

It isn't possible to spot these additions from old checklists. On the
'Overview' page you can sort on 'First Seen' but if the species wasn't
added recently it won't appear at the top of the list.

For each county on the NYS eBird Hotspots site click the 'Overview' link on
the 'Explore a Location' line:
— http://ebirding-nys.wikispaces.com/Birding+in+New+York

Since last update: 8 days

Green represents a New York State first.

*Chautauqua County: <http://ebirding-nys.wikispaces.com/Chautauqua>*
Inca Dove (8-Dec-2017)

*Seneca County: <http://ebirding-nys.wikispaces.com/Seneca>*
Barnacle Goose (26-Nov-1987)

Ben Cacace
Manhattan, NYC
Wiki for NYS eBird Hotspots
Facebook Discussion for NYS eBird Hotspots: Q & A


Subject: Eastern Long Island Update
From: Gail Benson <gbenso...@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:26:30 -0500
X-Message-Number: 2

The Pink-footed Goose continues at Deep Hollow Ranch (Montauk).  Off
Montauk Point we saw 38 Razorbills as part of our morning watch.  Two
Tundra Swans flew off Hook Pond (East Hampton) early.



Subject: NYC Audubon Lecture, Wed, Jan 24
From: Lynne Hertzog <lynnehert...@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:05:54 +0000
X-Message-Number: 3


*By Joanna BurgerWednesday, January 24, 7pm*

*Reidy Hall at the Unitarian Church of All Souls, located on Lexington
Avenue between 79th and 80th streets in Manhattan*

*Rutgers professor and scientist Joanna Burger is a behavioral ecologist
whose primary interests are in the* *adaptive significance of social
behavior in vertebrates, ecological risk, and biomonitoring. She is also
the author of several books for lay naturalists on birds, butterflies,
parrots, and pine snakes. For our lecture, Dr. Burger will acquaint us with
the rich natural experiences that can be had in the state next door, New

Free, open to the public.
Join us!
*This series has been made possible by the support of Claude and Lucienne



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