Observations and Transgressions - Ground Observers Please Read
Friday, August 19 2011 @ 12:08 PM EDT
Contributed by: richardpitt
Over the past 6+ years, Hancock Wildlife Foundation has brought you many different wildlife live camera vistas, and we will continue to do so.
This web site in general, and the discussion forum in particular, has grown to be one of the major places on the internet to discuss the HWF and other cameras and wildlife viewing areas, particularly those related to the bald eagle.
In establishing a video setup for any area there are several things that we do and in many cases legal as well as technical hoops we must jump through. We do this so that you don't have to as individuals. That is one of the primary reason WE do it - we have the expertise and the contacts and the reputation for doing things the right way.
It has come to our attention that due to Mother Nature's choice for her eagles not to nest in the PCT nest where we (with Pacific Coast Terminals blessing and help) installed cameras, people have on their own been following the pair where they did nest - on another piece of land outside of PCT's area of control.
In addition, we note that some members have been visiting other of our sites and doing things like parking in dangerous positions and trespassing on private property; all in the name of "ground observer" - a concept that has only recently grown up around our cameras and one which is in some respects directly at odds with the whole concept of the vicarious views our cameras provide.
Without having done our work in getting permission, we must rely upon the people involved to understand that what they are doing is without any blessing by HWF in any way. We provide a forum for discussion and sharing of photos - but if the forum becomes a focus for even questionable activities regarding wildlife interference, property damage, trespassing, or other illegal or even just questionable actions other than benign observation from safe and legal locations, then we must and will remove and close such discussions. We simply cannot condone or be seen to be a part of such actions and will er on the side of conservative actions every time.
Hancock Wildlife Foundation's primary function in providing our video streams is to protect the wildlife and to "go where others cannot go" in a fashion that is legal and protective before and in conjunction with being educational.
So, while we appreciate ground observation and encourage any/all to learn by participation, please do so within the bounds of the law and safety (for yourselves and the critters) and with consideration for others' rights and opinions. Anything else and we must politely decline to allow you to participate and/or contribute; we simply cannot allow such actions to cloud our own good reputation and we will er on the side of protecting it.
Richard C. Pitt