I was also unceremoniously kicked out of 40th Ave W/Erie Pier in May.
Sorry I didn't report it.
I was told the contractors will not tolerate birders at any time...even after 5pm and weekends.
They have a trailer office on the back side of the pier (that seems to be manned all day) and security after hours.
It was not a pleasant encounter and I was basically escorted out.
2515 Garthus Road
Wrenshall, MN 55797
> Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2010 10:35:26 -0500
> From: eckertkr@GMAIL.COM
> Subject: [mou-net] access to Erie Pier, Duluth
> To: MOU-NET@LISTS.UMN.EDU
> I received a phone call yesterday from Duluth birder Al Loken that he
> was told to leave the 40th Ave West Erie Pier area in Duluth. This
> important birding area (locally known as just "40th") has been
> accessed by birders for about 30 years and has been the site of many
> important records.
> Al had the impression that he was asked to leave by contractors who
> are involved with the I-35 construction project and are concerned
> about liability. They are parking vehicles along the gravel access
> road to 40th, more frequently hauling fill to/from the freeway
> construction, and have posted new No Trespassing signs that were not
> there last spring (the last time I was there).
> It is not known at this time if it would be OK to go in when they are
> not working, if birding access will be restored after the I-35 project
> is finished, or if permission on an individual basis can be arranged
> by talking to the contracting company (they have 2 trailer-type
> offices on site), or to the Army Corps of Engineers / Duluth Port
> Authority (my understanding is these 2 entities have always managed
> this site).
> If anyone has any additional information on this situation, or if
> there any changes in accessing the site, I assume that this will be
> posted on MOU-net. But in the meantime, unfortunately, it is
> recommended that birders should not attempt to enter this location.
> Kim R Eckert
> 218 349 5953
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