When bloggers post about owls they don’t post any specifics about owls and the post generally starts to sound something like Scott W’s “We moved on to another area (yes, I'm being intentionally vague...it's understood with birders that you don't reveal an owl's location, since they are easily disturbed), and Paul met up with another local birder who pointed out several Saw Whet Owls...all in all there were four in this spot, and we saw two”. This is NOT a bash at Scott, I’m just using his post to illustrate the caution that fellow birders take to conceal the location of the owls. (BTW, I’ve done the same thing on many occasions)
During this month I’d like to get your thoughts on:
- when (if ever) it’s ok to reveal a roost?
- are some species more/less sensitive and if so what are they?
- is there a difference between telling a fellow birder and a member of the ‘public’ about a roost?
- do you tell fellow birders about a roost?
- has a fellow birder told you about a roost?
- are there any special cases where the public should know about a roost?
- are there any benefits to telling the public about owl roosts?
- are owls understudied because people don’t give away their locations
As I said when I started the post, I realize this is a taboo topic but I hope that you’ll take the time and courage to share your thoughts with me during this month.