This classless, despicable behavior is typical of some hard-core birding dingbats. Many of them despise hunting, which shows their ignorance. If it wasn't for hunting, we wouldn't have some or many of the marshes and wildlife areas that exist along the lake shore.
Hunters pay to play while birders don't. If birders put their money with their big mouths, then they would have more land devoted to shorebird viewing.
These birding dweebs have a history of trespassing and infantile begging to be let on private land to satisfy their own selfish pleasures. The attempt to educate the public about the wonders of nature can do without these cretins. Unfortunately, too many of them speak louder than their status.
"The loudest one in the room is the weakest one in the room." Frank Lucas's quote can apply to some disruptive birders.
Pipe Creek Wildlife Area is located near Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky. It's been good for shorebird viewing over the past several weeks. On Sunday, August 29, 2010, Pipe Creek was closed for the upcoming duck hunting season.
Aug 29, 2010 posting to the Ohio Birds listserv:
Yep, hoodlums alright. And not in a humorous way. These same hypocrites will whine about a business possibly violating a law that could harm the environment. Ooo, you say the two situations are unequal in magnitude. A bad comparison. You're wrong.
It's about backing up the talk with the right walk. It's about alleged nature lovers projecting a positive image toward the rest of the public. And that means obeying the laws even if it's an inconvenience.
When birders brag about trespassing, they lose credibility. Why should people listen to birders when the subject concerns saving wildlife habitat? Why should others heed the advice from birders and change life habits in a small way to protect the environment?
Birders who enjoy violating rules, signs, and laws do more harm than good for nature. And I doubt anyone else on the listserv will admonish these numskulls, which, in my opinion, means the other listserv subscribers condone the trespassing actions. Silence will implicate the entire Ohio birds listserv in a bad way.
(I unsubscribed from that spam list about eight years ago. Visiting the Web aggregate once in a while suffices.)
This is why I try to say I'm a "Birdwatcher" and not a "birder." I slip sometimes and say "birder." But to me, the word "birder" more and more implies something inappropriate and disrespectful. "Birder" is becoming defined as "nature thug."