Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Snowy Owl update

From the NYS Listserve

Subject: From Audubon New York
From: Stella Miller 
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2013 19:44:02 -0800
X-Message-Number: 8

Hello everyone, 

I am forwarding to you an email (see below) which was sent out by Erin Crotty, 
Executive Director of Audubon NY regarding the Port Authority/snowy owl 
situation. Attached to it is a letter which was sent to Commissioner Martens of 
the DEC and Port Authority ED Foye requesting information on the non-lethal 
control strategy they are working on as well as an offer to assist in its 

Thanks to the organizations that sent out actions alerts (HOBAS included) to 
their members regarding this issue as well as the individuals that engaged in 
the grassroots efforts which led to such swift action.  Margaret Mead said it 
best:  "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can 
change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has".  Each one of us 
has just one voice, but collectively, those voices add up to a roar which cannot 
be ignored!

Stella Miller
Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon

"Conservation is sometimes perceived as stopping everything cold, as holding 
whooping cranes in higher esteem than people. It is up to science to spread the 
understanding that the choice is not between wild places or people, it is 
between a rich or an impoverished existence for Man." Thomas Lovejoy

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "McCarthy, Laura" 
Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 7:29 PM
Subject: [ANYpresidents] Snowy Owls & Port Authority [2 Attachments]

[Attachment(s) from McCarthy, Laura included below]
Dear Chapter Leaders,    
We may have an acceptable resolution to the lethal control strategy for Snowy 
Owls that the Port Authority was using at some of its facilities. In addition to 
our grassroots outreach efforts, Sean Mahar, our Director of Government 
Relations, has been working this issue non-stop since we learned of it yesterday 
(with a tremendous assist from many of you and Laura McCarthy) and I have had 
conversations and done media interviews. Audubon was definitely an important 
leader in the movement that has made this change happen, and thanks again for 
all your help!  We have been told that yesterday’s joint Audubon NY and NYC 
Audubon joint letter and our collective calls to the leadership at both entities 
were key catalysts in getting appropriate attention and action on this issue.  
As many of you are aware, the Port Authority issued a statement (attached) last 
evening indicating that they would immediately cease the lethal Snowy Owl 
control strategy and were working with DEC on getting the appropriate permits to 
institute a non-lethal control strategy.  We do have confirmation from DEC that 
the permit was issued and we are reviewing it now. We have sent a letter 
(attached) to Commissioner Martens and Port Authority Executive Director Foye 
asking for additional information on the non-lethal control strategy and 
offering our assistance in its development. 
We are keeping our network informed through various social media platforms and 
networks.  We will send another Action Alert to the network once we are 
convinced the Port Authority has an appropriate non-lethal control strategy in 
If you have any questions, please let us know. Thank you again for all that you 
have done to have our voices heard on this issue!
Best regards,
Erin M. Crotty 
Vice President & Executive Director
Audubon New York 
200 Trillium Lane
Albany, New York 12203
518-869-9731 (office)
518-275-3103 (cell)