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Re: FW: Count precautions
I'm a heavy, bearded, unwashed disreputable-looking character, dressed in
khaki, often driving a rusty truck - a birder!
What's wrong with that?
Youse lookin' for a belt wit my Sibley???
On Thursday 06 December 2001 05:28 pm, you wrote:
> Dear Carolinabirders:
> I must comment on this posting, and the stronger warning that Audubon sent
> to all CBC compilers. While I recognize that some areas with "high value"
> installations may need to forewarn the police, are we not carrying this a
> bit far?
> We birders will be out on the CBCs carrying field glasses and books. In all
> of rural North and South Carolina the woods and marshes have been literally
> FULL of heavily armed, bearded, unwashed, disreputable-looking characters
> dressed in full camouflage since late October, with no newspaper, radio, or
> TV reports reaching me that any hunters were being rounded up as suspected
> saboteurs or terrorists. I wonder if anyone sent a similar warning to the
> deer and duck-hunting communities?
> Are we birders viewed as being that much more threatening or suspicious?
> If I grow a beard, wear camo, don't bathe, drive a rusty truck with no
> muffler and with a bed full of Bud and Johnnie Walker empties, and carry a
> semi-auto while birding, am I immediately viewed with less suspicion by the
> public and cops? This is a disturbing thought.
> James Coman
> Compiler, New River CBC, and for some unfathomable reason, known to Audubon
> as the "Hoary Dipper"
> From: Carol Williamson <email@example.com>
> Organization: Sandler & Recht Communications
> Date: Thu, 06 Dec 2001 11:21:39 -0500
> To: carolinabirdsacpubdukeedu <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: Count precautions
> Hello everyone,
> The Nat'l Audubon Society has recommended that we count leaders notify
> our local police departments about our upcoming counts. When I called
> Durham Police, Durham Sheriff, and Chatham County Sheriff offices about
> the Jordan Lake count, it was recommended that people carry some i.d.
> with them just in case some homeowner or car driver gets alarmed at the
> sight of folks walking around with binos and scopes and calls the
> police. I told them that all groups would have printed material related
> to the count (eg, the checklist), but you may want to carry your drivers
> licence as well, just in case you have to prove the Audubon connection
> as opposed to the Taliban connection!
Asheville, North Carolina
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All fear death. All love life.
See yourself in others.
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