Perhaps Michael had the problems from last year in mind or other equally disturbing incidents?
It is easy enough to contact folks off-list for specific locations if they are forthcoming, but I think it makes sense to limit specifics.
From his post last December (photographers chime in on the thread linked above):
> When we hear about people any where in Minnesota who are disturbing birds or
> being destructive on public lands for example ripping branches off trees to get
> better photos of a roosting owls, rip branches off live trees for perches, over
> tape use, using fishing poles with artificial bait that look like mice on the
> end of the fishing line to tease owls to get flight shots, or basically any act
> that is doing harm to the environment or to the birds we are asked to document
> the event and expose these people. Well below is documentation of how three
> people in the Sax-Zim Bog decided to be selfish and to manipulate an area in the
> Sax-Zim Bog to get photos of birds.
> Well today I was guiding two people and we were coming south on the Admiral Rd.
> I was intrigue to see the newly erected feeders that were placed up on Thursday
> of this week. My friend Jim emailed me to inform me that he will be maintaining
> the Admiral Rd feeding station this year as the person who created the feeding
> site decided not to continue maintaining the site this winter. Jim inform me he
> put up a large platform feeder with black oil sunflower seeds on the tree that
> was previous used in the past. The platform feeder was NOT nailed to the tree
> but it was hung up instead and Jim also put up a large onion sack full of beef
> suet chunks on the same tree or possibly the tree across the road where in past
> a suet feeder was hung up there that attracted Boreal Chickadees.
> So I am coming down Admiral Road and I see a group of three photographers at the
> site. I get out of the car and the platform feeder was taken down, the suet bag
> was on top of a make shift snow bank along the side of the road with the
> platform feeder on top of the suet bag! I inform that the feeders belong to Jim
> XXXX and they said not much accept they will put the feeders back up when they
> are done photographing the birds. I asked why they moved the feeders ?, and they
> said they took the suet feeder down because they wanted to concentrate the birds
> to one spot rather than having the birds go to both feeders. They moved the
> platform feeder off the tree because they wanted to set the platform feeder so
> they can get a better background with the perches they set up. I looked at their
> set up with fresh branches clipped to tripods right over the platform feeder so
> they can get some photos. As I walked into the snow to hang up my suet feeders
> on the tree that I know Boreal Chickadees used last year I noticed the tree
> branches were ripped off that tree and the ground where they were standing were
> full of ripped branches! I looked at the perches they used on the tripods and
> saw they matched the areas where they ripped them off and the branches on the
> ground were branches they decided not to use for perches.
> Yes they are professional photographers because all of them have websites that
> sell photos they took and all their websites talk about how they have respect
> for wildlife, the environment and how they create "natural" photos of wildlife.
> ( to see the photos )
> Its not just ripping off branches of live trees to get perches that angers me
> but to interfere with someone else feeders they put up to feed the birds and to
> deliberately concentrate birds to one area so they can get photos to me is wrong
> and I think everyone on this listserv would agree. If they want to manipulate
> birds they should create their own feeding station in their own neck of the
> woods! This Admiral Rd site is a good site to photograph birds and see Boreal
> Chickadees very close up but I ask that when you bird the Sax-Zim Bog please do
> not interfere with any bird feeding stations on private land or in this case on
> county land.
> Who are these photographers? They are Derek Griggs, Chad Griggs and Chad
> Gustafson. I ask everyone to boycott purchasing their photos for any type of
> publication! I been inform that their photos will NEVER be used for publication
> in the Loon which is good news and I hope other sources will follow suit.
a Minneapolis, sometime birder
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