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Subject:Re: [mou-net] Whooping Crane Ethics...
From:Charlene Nelson <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Charlene Nelson <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 18 Sep 2011 15:09:15 -0600
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Thank you. As a farm owner and birder, we are constantly having to chase people off our property this time of year. It's amazing the "entitlement" attitude people have for trespassing especially for hunting. A lot of our wish for privacy has to do with safety with farming still active this time of year, and others who have been given permission for access to our property, and my own activity of birding and other nature enjoyment. Not a year goes by that we don't have a "near miss" with these trespassers. So, when in doubt, stay out, until you have permission. 

Another great place to get close pics of Whoopers is at the flyover in Dunellon FL every winter when the new class of birds is brought down with ultralite planes. Or, at Homasassa Springs Wildlife Park in Citrus Co FL where there have been several injured birds the last couple years.
Charlene Nelson
Grant County
On Sep 18, 2011, at 3:54 PM, Robert P Russell wrote:

> The law in Minnesota reads that even if private land is not posted, trespassing without permission is breaking the law.  No ifs, ands, or buts.  Secondly, the whooping crane eastern partnership (WCEP) has been urging folks for years to observe these birds from a respectable distance.  As the original observers stated you could easily see these from your car.  Most birds do not see cars as a threat and they usually make good "blinds."  WCEP is trying not to habituate these birds to humans.  Several have gotten into trouble after becoming habituated including wintering birds that were walking around suburban cul-de-sacs in Florida and taking handouts from home owners.  A couple of birds that became too comfortable with humans ended up in jail (long-term captivity=permanently out of the wild flock).  If you want closeups of whoopers go to the whooper exhibit at the International Crane Foundation at Baraboo which has a minimarsh and a natural background and take all the photos you want.  Otherwise try thinking about the birds' welfare and not your own ego.   Bob Russell
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