Subject: Threats to birders Date: May 4 12:33:22 1995 From: Tracy Burrows - tuber at eskimo.com
A follow up to last week's thread on militias. I just finished talking with a very discouraged Audubon member in Walla Walla County. She is on the Planning Commission and working on the County's wetlands and wildlife habitat ordinance. The debate on these issues has recently turned very nasty to the point where she is receiving threats and folks are publicly saying things like--"Who are these people who drive on our roads with their binoculars identifying these nests. They better not come on my property...." Yes, I agree that the actual risk of physical harm to a birder is quite small. However, if you live in a rural county and you happen to speak out on environmental issues, you're risks of having your dog poisoned and of you being intimidated and feeling threatened are quite high. We need to support these courageous people when we can and start speaking out against the threats of physical violence that are becoming more commonplace.