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Stevan Hawkins <[log in to unmask]>
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Stevan Hawkins <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 19 Sep 2011 07:00:42 -0600
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MOU subscribers:

If people want to see lots, like dozens, of approachable, countable,
Whooping Cranes that they can add to their life list, they should get down
to the Rockport-Port Aransas TX area and take one of the commercial tour
boats that specialize in showing folks Whooping Cranes. At times the boats
get people to 50-100 yards to some of the more approachable Whooping Cranes.
A person can less spectacular, though less Disneyesque views, of Whooping
Cranes from the observation tower on the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.
The birds arrive sometime in November and stay till early April.  If a
person does the 21 hour drive from Minneapolis to Rockport to see WCs they
won't have to worry about trespassing or countability of the Whooping Cranes
they see.



Stevan Hawkins
San Antonio TX

-----Original Message-----
From: Minnesota Birds [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Robert P
Sent: Sunday, September 18, 2011 3:55 PM
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Subject: [mou-net] Whooping Crane Ethics...

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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