[BCNnet] Lake County Hearing on Rollins Savanna - No Sightings
evan.craig at illinois.sierraclub.org
Sat Apr 5 08:49:31 CDT 2008
Thanks for this update, Donnie. Unfortunately, I was unaware it was
happening until I read your e-mail.
We had Vic Berardi out to talk to our Sierra Club W&W Group a few months
ago, and his practice of birding from his car confirmed what I first
experienced at Bosque Del Apache: Birds are more alarmed by bipedal
creatures than by modern vehicles (big yellow school buses in that case). So
as much as I would appreciate having snowmobile access limited to respect
the natural serenity of a big preserve like Rollins, I'd have to see Jim
Andersen's research to be convinced that oblivious snowmobilers are more of
a threat to nesting Northern Harriers and Short Eared Owls than are hopeful
and curious hikers with binoculars.
From: bcnnet-bounces at ece.iit.edu [mailto:bcnnet-bounces at ece.iit.edu] On
Behalf Of Donnie R. Dann
Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2008 12:56 PM
To: IBET IBET; BCNnet
Subject: [BCNnet] Lake County Hearing on Rollins Savanna - No Sightings
As expected the hearing room was packed this morning, but I'm pleased to say
it was fairly evenly divided between snowmobilers and birders, educators and
supporters of conservation. Thanks to all who came.
Jim Anderson of LCFPD staff gave an outstanding presentation, making all the
essential points about how special Rollins is, and the need to avoid
disturbance to the SHORT EARED OWLS AND NORTHERN HARRIERS by snowmobiles so
they might attempt nesting. He suggested an alternate trail route for
snowmobilers that would take them largely along the periphery of the
preserve, well await from the prime habitat.
When the board votes on the final policy to be adopted I will notify all.
Highland Park, Lake County
donniebird at yahoo.com
Donnie R. Dann
60 Ravinoaks Lane
Highland Park, IL 60035
Email, donniebird at yahoo.com
41355 Fleming Springs Rd.
Cave Creek, AZ 85331
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