Re: [CALBIRDS] Common Black-Hawk (ethical challenges)
- Stan Moore's response...
With all due respect, I don't think it is seemly for a
recreational birdwatcher to be carrying copies of the
Civil Code in order to persuade landowners to allow
them access to property. In the case of the dairy
farmer I spoke to, his insurance agent had instructed
him to not allow strangers on his property, and if I
were that land owner, operating a business on his
private land, I would be much more interested in what
his insurance agent had to say than what some
birdwatcher had to say.
I can just imagine a birder telling such a landowner
that his instructions from his insurance carrier are
completely bogus, and then insisting to be allowed on
the property. Very impressive -- NOT!
My view is that a property owner does not even owe a
birder any explanation for refusing entry, and
overruling objections by some sort of interpretation
or display of the law is itself a questionable
This attitude of some birders of having some sort of
"right" to enter private property by virtue of no
liability is the same mentality that allows them to
enter when no one is watching or otherwise without
The fact that birders consider the opportunity to add
a species to their "life list" as a form of "nature
study" is also questionable, if not deceptive
(self-deceptive, too). People who will bend the
definiton of "study" will likely bend the definition
of "ethics" and "legality" in my experience.
Stan Moore San Geronimo, CA