PUBLIC ALERT! Snowy Owls being shot at JFK Airport
In very distressing news. after a reported Snowy Owl was sucked into an idling plane engine, the Port Authority decided in a easy knee jerk decision issued a kill order for any Snowy Owls found on airport grounds.3 were shot with a shotgun over the weekend.
These owls can be successfully trapped and relocated far away by a expert bird bander or animal rescurer, whatever.Logan Airport in Boston does this and very successfully with a Mass Audubon expert ona voluntary basis for this irregular seen species. ( or hire a seasonal trapper for a pittance cost to the airlines and airport)
A petition has circulated to stop this wanton , stupid decision.
here is the petttion link http://www.change.org/petitions/the-port-authority-of-new-york-and-new-jersey-stop-shooting-snowy-owls-at-new-york-metro-area-airports-2
here is the NYC Daily News account
OR you can issue a call to the NY and NJ State govenors who jointly control the Port Authority
from Dave Burg of WildMetro who posted to Facebook
from also the Ebird Yahoo listserve string discussion
Mon Dec 9, 2013 10:28 am (PST) . Posted by:
Sent from my iPad
Begin forwarded message:
> From: Seth Ausubel <sausubel@nyc.
> Date: December 9, 2013 at 1:18:02 PM EST
> To: post NYSBirds <nysbirds-l@cornell.
> Subject: Fwd: [cayugabirds-
> Reply-To: Seth Ausubel <sausubel@nyc.
> I believe that any communication is helpful, despite what the person at the contact phone number said. Two suggestions:
> (1) You can contact the Port Authority directly by sending a message from their web site at: http://www.panynj.
> (2) Contact the NYSDEC Region 2 Natural Resources Supervisor at R2natres@gw.
> Begin forwarded message:
>> From: Linda Orkin <wingmagic16@
>> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-
>> Date: December 9, 2013 12:43:00 PM EST
>> To: Betsy Russell <betsywrussell@
>> Cc: <cavensar@gmail.
>> Reply-To: Linda Orkin <wingmagic16@
>> Thanks Betsy for this information. I think it is horrendous that such a time sensitive and destructive issue can only be addressed by snail mail in this day and age. I am doing as you suggest, but still urge all to flood Cuomo's office with phone calls. (518) 474-8390
>> Linda Orkin
>> Ithaca, NY
>>> On Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 12:30 PM, Betsy Russell <betsywrussell@
>>> I did call the NYC phone # given this morning in order to register my sentiments re: Snowy Owls being shot at JFK. The call was routed to Albany where is was kindly and carefully explained to me that this issue needs to be addressed by the public in writing, hard copy, snail mail if it is ever going to reach the agency (DEC) that will most likely address it. The woman said that one should also request a reply with contact info. so that you can follow up if you want to.
>>> I asked about e-mailing and the woman said the way the system worked in Albany it should only be hard copy. They scan them into their system and then send all letters regarding a particular issue on the the agency that will most likely address it. She explained if it is not done by hard copy your complaints will enter a big black hole. For what it's worth.......
>>> New York State Govenor'
>>> 1 Commerce Plaza
>>> 99 Washington Ave.
>>> Albany, NY 12231